The National Black History Wales Youth Awards

The National Black History Wales Youth Awards is an event delivered
annually within the Black History Cymru 365 programme.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Wales.

Anyone can nominate a young person for an award in one or more of
the categories below; each nominee is required to be aged between 13 and
30 years old and living, studying, born or working in Wales.

The National Black History Wales Youth Awards will be sponsored by the Hon First Minister, Professor Mark Drakeford MS.

The Awards nomination process will be opened at the Black History Wales 2020 online launch on Thursday 1st of October 2020.

The National Black History Wales Youth Awards Ceremony will be scheduled for spring 2021.

Award Categories And Criteria

Anyone can nominate a young person for the category below as long as they can meet the criteria of the said category. For the purpose of these awards, a young person is 13 – 30 years old.

Young Carer

A young person who is the carer for someone unable to care for themselves because of a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother, sister or family member.

Young Volunteer

A young person who works voluntarily for a social cause or organisation and has demonstrated exceptional self-sacrificing spirit in serving people and the community over an extended period of time.

Young Leader

A young person who has shown promise and gained skills, knowledge, qualifications and/or experience in leading civic engagement, educational activities and community organizing activities.

The Royal British Legion Good Citizen Award

An honest and self-sacrificing young person who has made an exceptional contribution or service to his community and society at large, by showing compassion and care for people and other living things.

Outstanding Academic Achievement

A student/learner who has achieved outstanding results within their educational programme or has overcome significant obstacles to achieve the highest grades possible in their examinations, assessments or tests.


Pioneers, innovators, leaders and inventors who run their own business/es or social enterprise. In particular ventures with a wider benefit (such as tackling a social need, creating employment in areas of deprivation) to the local communities would be an added advantage.

Science & Innovation

A young person who is making significant contributions to any scientific field of study or whose work supports innovation in any area.

Visual Arts

A young Artist excelling in any area of Visual Arts and Design, including fine art, performance design, lighting and sound design, graphics, sculpture, decorative arts, craft, ceramics and glass, printmaking, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture.

Performance Arts

A young person who is excelling in any area of performance for example music, dance, drama, spoken word, comedy, circus.  All forms of live performance will be accepted as well as performance for music production, radio, film and online viewing.

Creative Industries

A category for young people excelling in the creative industries for example writers, producers, composers, event production, festival programming and any form of event creation.


A young person, who is actively involved, participates in and or has achieved a significant feat or level in any sport or competitive events.

Special Awards for public service to Wales during Covid19

A series of Awards to recognise young people who have made a significant contribution to people in Wales during the period of Covid19.

Open Category

For young people who have made achievements or contributions in ways that should be recognised but that do not fit into the defined categories above.

2020 nominations are now open!

Online Nominations

You can nominate using a quick & easy online form below! Please click on the button below to go through to the nomination form.

Nomination by post or email

Fill in the Black History Wales Youth Award nomination form and send your completed form to:

Race Council Cymru (RCC)
The Arts Wing Singleton Street,
Swansea SA1 3QJ

OR via email to

[email protected]