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.  

 One of the 2017 award recipients was Ella Holliday, aged 13 from St Bede's Catholic High School, Lytham (Diocese of Lancaster). Ella was nominated by her teacher for her commitment to peace.

Here is an extract from her nomination: “Ella is currently the youngest member of the 'Young Peace Journalists'. Ella chose the refugee crisis as her focus and built her own links with various agencies to make contact with refugees. Ella has a natural presence of a peacemaker, she is confident yet full of humility, a young lady mature beyond her years. Within that work and her work as a Anti-Bullying Respect Ambassador she witnesses to and communicates the gospel message. ‘Ella is an inspiration, she lives out the Gospel values each day; her presence and maturity of faith in action is beyond her years,’ says her teacher”. Nominations are now open.

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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.