The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to inspire and motivate young people across London and Essex by providing exciting projects and programmes for them to get involved in. It also recognises the outstanding achievements of today’s young people by awarding them for their hard work and positive impact on their community.
Part of the Foundation, the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme started in East London. It now operates in all London boroughs running in over 1000 schools, colleges and clubs. It is a scheme to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and to play a full part in society. Grants of over £35 million have been given since the establishment of the Foundation.
Over the course of the school year, St Martin’s is able to give nine awards to individual students, and a leader award. The winner of each student award receives a framed certificate and £250 in the form of a cheque made payable to St Martin’s. The money is then spent on a school or community project of the recipient’s choice. Students are nominated by their peers who need to fill in a nomination form which can be placed in the box in Student Services.
The Foundation realises that lots of the great work, projects and schemes that young people are able to access and participate in, would simply not be possible without the support of their adult leaders. In recognising this the Foundation created the Leader Award. This gives young people the opportunity say thank you to their leaders to recognise and vote for the the ones that inspire and support them.
In addition, we also take part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. Click here to find out more about the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Award Scheme.