Promoting Solidarity & Peace

The Jimmy Mizen Award recognises young people who have shown a firm and persevering commitment to the common good or peacemaking.

We seek the good of one another, aware of our dependence on one another. We are called to live honestly with one another, working together in love for the good of all. This is what will lead to true peace.  

Nomination Tips: 

Do you know a young person who works to overcome violence in their local community? Perhaps they’ve expanded this action to campaign for peace on a national or international scale. Maybe you know a young adult who strives to foster reconciliation in their community, bringing enemies together and healing communities, or a young person who has a passion to end bullying. Or maybe a group worth singling out who are promoting solidarity and peace.  

Danny Mizen, who along with his family have worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation since his brother Jimmy was murdered in 2008, presented the Jimmy Mizen Award for solidarity and peace on the 3 July 2019. Award recipient Shanea Oldham from St Bonaventure’s School, Forest Gate, has addressed youth safety in Newham; Ellie Heyes from St John Rigby Sixth Form College, Lancashire, supports socially isolated young people while walking the streets with her local church; and Amelia Prajsnar and Lewis Mitchell from St Mary Queen of Martyrs Voluntary Catholic Academy who make up the International Pupil Council are working on and delivering projects linking to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Nominations are now closed.

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There are seven categories covering a huge variety of areas, and each has its own criteria. These guidance notes and FAQs provide you with more detail about the criteria of each award and provide some hints on what the panelists will be looking for. Every young person nominated will be considered for the Pope Francis Award by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

This resource sheet provides you with a 90 minute youth work session for youth groups or informally in school or college. There is also an Awards PowerPoint in addition to an accompanying PowerPoint. And check out our FAQs.

Want to know more about our six Catholic social teaching values, then click here.