Entries are now OPEN for the 2021 YAYAs – help us celebrate the talents and successes of the county’s young South Asians!
Help us find the 16 to 30-year-old leaders and role models of the future….
The Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers awards (The YAYAs) is the ﬁrst scheme of its kind set up to recognise the efforts of young people aged 16-30, of South Asian heritage born or living and working in Yorkshire.
Its special focus is on those socially-mobile young achievers who have overcome deprivation and disadvantage, or have broken through traditional barriers to progress.
The awards are being staged again following their hugely successful launch last year which saw scores of entries from right across the county and some amazing winners chosen from a stunning list of shortlisted candidates.
The awards aim to:
- Promote social mobility among young South Asians
- Identify role models to help inspire others from the relevant communities
- Encourage young South Asians to seek out and take up further and higher education opportunities
The awards will be presented during a fabulous gala dinner event on Thursday, November 4, 2021. It will be hosted by the fabulous award-winning BBC Radio and TV presenter and stand-up comedian Noreen Khan.
The event will also be available to watch via a live webcast (details to be announced soon).
Working in association with our headline partners, York St John University, the YAYAs are organised by the QED Foundation, a registered charity which exists to improve the social and economic position of disadvantaged communities in partnership with public, private and civil society organisations. It has been creating opportunities for all since 1990.
“There is a huge amount of talent among young South Asians in Yorkshire and we want to ensure it is being recognised. The YAYAs are a really exciting way to make that happen”
Dr Mohammed Ali OBE, Founder and CEO, QED Foundation