A group of care experienced young people in York have been shortlisted for a national award for their “Aspire To More” project, a website and poster campaign which aims to inspire other children in care and care leavers to live their dreams.
The Aspire To More project shares inspirational care leavers stories to present care experienced children and young people with positive role models https://aspiretomore.wordpress.com/ .
The project, produced by Inspired Youth, was funded by a small grant from Joseph Rowntree Foundation York Committee and created in partnership with Show Me That I Matter (SMTIM), York’s Children in Care Council. SMTIM hold monthly panel meetings to raise and discuss issues that are important to children and young people in care in York and wanted to help them raise their expectations and ambitions.
The Kids Count Inspiration Awards 2016 will be hosted at Westminster tonight where 3 young people from the Aspire To More project will discover if they have won the award for Most Inspirational Campaign on Youth Issues.
Liam Powers, Assistant Director of Inspired Youth said “It’s amazing that all the hard work these young people have put in has been recognised on such a huge level. It is their dedication, persistence and drive that has made this project so successful. It just goes to show the power behind real stories and also demonstrates how they can help other people.”