Q: What’s the age limit to be nominated for an award?

A: Young people aged 11 – 25 doing something extraordinary are eligible to be nominated. The one exception is for the CYMFED award, which recognises an outstanding youth leader - here nominees must be 18 or over.

Q: Who can be nominated for the CYMFed Award?

A: The CYMFed – Inspiring Youth Leader Award is designed to recognise a truly inspirational adult youth worker or youth minister.

Adults who are aged 18 and over who are not paid for the work they do are eligible for the CYMFed Award.

Q: Can I nominate a group of young people?

A: Yes! We welcome nominations for groups up to a maximum of four young people.

Q: I want to nominate more than one person/group – can I?

A: Yes – we welcome multiple nominations. However – please only nominate one person or group (up to four people) from your community in each award category.

Q: I don’t know which category to nominate my young person in. HELP!

A: You can only nominate a young person or group in one category. The ‘Award Criteria and Nomination Tips’ (hyperlink) document has more information on each of the category’s. Please do read this carefully and consider the best category for your nominee. If you are still struggling, please do contact awards@millionminutes.org and we will be happy to help and advise.

NB: the panellists reserve the right to move your nomination into a more suitable category should they see fit. You will, of course, be advised of this.

Q: Can I nominate someone for something that they did a few years ago?

A: No. The nomination should be for social action that has taken place in the last year and hasn’t previously been recognised with an award

Q: Does the young person have to be Catholic?

A: No, the young person you are nominating does not have to be Catholic, but the nomination should come from within the Catholic community in England and Wales.

Q: What is Catholic social teaching?

A: Catholic social teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice. It holds that God has a special place in this story for each of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizens. It is a kind-of vocation for the common good, a call to treat everyone as your brothers and sisters and is something that we all share. Catholic Social Teaching is the tradition of papal reflection about how we live this vocation forthe common good in our world. Catholic Social Teaching touches upon many different aspects of life, from the family to international development, how we think of those who are homeless to how we care for the environment, and from how we shop and consume to the rights of workers and the dignity of work. 

Q: Can I give more information than what’s on the form?

A: The nomination is a two-stage process – you will be invited to give more details about the nominee and their social action if your nomination gets through to the next stage.

To be fair to all nominees, only information that is detailed in the nomination forms will be considered by the panels. Consider whether your nomination is doing your young people justice. What did they do that goes above and beyond?

Q: Why can’t I nominate someone for the Pope Francis Award?

A: Every young person nominated will be considered for the Pope Francis Award. During shortlisting, the panelists in each category will put forward at least one young person to be shortlisted for the Pope Francis Award, from whom the Award will be selected.