“An annual award in pursuit of good citizenship, leadership, and positive role models for the youth of the Franschhoek Valley.”
The first Franschhoek Youth Awards were held to coincide with the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival in 2007. The idea was inspired by the Youth Day celebration of our country and the freedom theme of our Franschhoek Bastille Festival.
The purpose of the awards is to recognise young local residents for outstanding talent and achievement and for being a positive role-model to youth of the Franschhoek Valley.
Candidates are nominated by the Franschhoek community. They are then interviewed by the Youth Awards Committee which then decides on the finalists and winner. The award recipients are announced at a special awards function where they also receive their sponsored prizes. During their year of reign the winner and finalists are tasked with conceiving and executing a development project (with guidance from FWVTA) aimed at inspiring, motivating and developing the valley’s youth.
Youth Awards 2010
The Franschhoek Wine Valley recently held its third Youth Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Protea Hotel Franschhoek. It was appropriate that with the town’s freedom celebrations around their annual Bastille Festival and our country’s national youth day that they give recognition to their youth’s talents and accomplishments.
The award offers more than a celebrated occasion, but also has a strong development angle to it. The winner and finalists gain exposure as role models in the valley, as well as the opportunity to network at various Franschhoek events, festivals and work with local organizations.
Every year the search is on for those who have achieved in the various categories of Academics, Arts and Culture, Sports, Social Development as well as a newly added category being Leadership/Entrepreneurship. Over and above giving recognition to these future leaders, the valley also identifies youth role models who would be seen as an inspiration and motivation to their peers.
The community was afforded the opportunity to nominate candidates they felt deserved this acknowledgment. The candidates were taken through an interview process where they were also judged on passion, dedication, general knowledge and leadership skills.
The overall winner of this year’s award was Alexander Weber, a grade 11 learner at Bridge House College. Nominated under the category Social Development, Alexander’s passion and devotion to helping communities came out forthright in his nomination letter and interview. His list of achievements include a gold medal for the President’s Award and he volunteers for Kusasa, where he assists learners at local previously disadvantaged schools with their English reading. He has also climbed Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Kusasa as well as for the Haiti disaster, and has travelled to Thailand to build water tanks in impoverished communities.
The other finalists were Annelin Davids, an M.Sc Animal Science student at the University of Stellenbosch (nominated categories: Academics, Arts & Culture), Samantha September, a teacher at Wes-Eind Primary school (nominated categories: Leadership and Social Development) and Sorene Williams, a matriculant at Groendal Secondary school (nominated category: Academics). This dynamic group of future leaders is looking forward to their year ahead as youth ambassadors and positively contributing to their communities.
(Picture) Annelin Davids, Samantha September, Alexander Weber, Sorene Williams, Lindy April (FWVTA), Jenny Prinsloo (FWVTA)