We have great joy to announce that Kim Shippam has won Young Achiever of the Year at the YMCA Youth Matters Awards. Thank you to everyone who took their time to vote for Kim.
Kim received support with her housing through various teams in Sussex Central YMCA and since then has wanted to give something back to the organisation. She has been volunteering for several years and has been involved with many different aspects of the YMCA – some of which have led to formal improvements in service policy and delivery, as well as the recruitment of staff.
Projects Kim has volunteered for include homelessness prevention through a peer education programme; a new sexual exploitation project, and Right Here Brighton and Hove which is one of her biggest achievements. Her involvement in the Right Here project led Kim to becoming one of two representatives on the national steering group, so she is now an integral part of the overall governance structure of a multi-million pound programme for young people.
Clara Larribeau Wade, Vulnerable Young Person’s Development Worker says
“Kim has been volunteering on this project since its inception in July 2010. Kim has shown commitment to the project and turned up to every meeting with a positive and enthusiastic attitude. I’m really pleased that Kim has joined this project and she is an extremely valuable member of the group.”
The YMCA Youth Matters Awards celebrate the talents, potential and achievements of YMCA young people, and recognise the skills, dedication and effectiveness of our youth workers.