Overall youth award

Every young person nominated for all the awards will automatically be considered for the Pope Francis Award.

During shortlisting, the panellists 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. This award will be presented by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon on 23 November 2017.

Cardinal Vincent detailed the criteria for the Pope Francis Award recipient during the 2015 award ceremony: “I had the job of choosing the Pope Francis award recipient. This was not easy. So I set for myself three characteristics that I was looking for, which I think come straight from the mind and the writings and the actions of Pope Francis:  
• Pope Francis says to us, ‘reality is more important than ideas’- so I was looking for somebody who in an outstanding way grappled with reality and had that as the real motivation ofwhat they were doing;
• Pope Francis often talks about the importance andneed for leaders of integrity and courage, so I was looking for someone whowas a leader, who’s showingus the way and is doing itconsistently, and not just in ahaphazard way;
• Maybe most importantly of all, Pope Francis speaks of you and I, of all of us, as Missionary Disciples of Jesus. So I had to find somebody who, in my view, knew what that meant in their daily life. To be a disciple, a companion, to be someone whose heart was close to Jesus and who was fired by His love and His understanding of what He brings, and was because of that reason willing to reach out.”

Check out the youth awards:

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 panellists will be looking for. Every young person nominated will be considered for the Pope Francis Award, presented by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

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 accompanying PowerPoint. And check out our FAQs.

We are pleased that St Mary's University, Twickenham is partnering with the Awards to enable us to celebrate the incredible work of young people throughout England and Wales.