Do you know someone who deserves a Maastricht Youth Award in 2023? Nominate your hero by 28th April 2023 on the page Youth Awards | Thuis in Maastricht. There, you can also find further information.
The following young heroes received a Youth Award in 2020 and 2021:
Faye Houben (14 years old)
Faye has been caring for her younger sister Skye as a young carer for several years, always ready to assist her parents and sister. The selection committee holds Faye in high regard, recognising that growing up in a family where someone needs long-term, intensive care isn't easy. However, Faye is a strong individual who exemplifies how meaningful and rewarding caregiving can be, even at a young age. Her positivity and sense of responsibility are exemplary, making Faye an inspiration to her peers.
Azra Serdan (10 years old)
Azra has spent the last two years crafting and selling keychains and bracelets. She used the proceeds to fund a new water well in Chad (Central Africa). The selection committee is impressed by Azra's determination and generous spirit, and recognises her as a young person deeply invested in the Maastricht community and the wider world. Azra's remarkable actions serve as an inspiration to other young people in Maastricht, demonstrating that they too can make a positive impact, even in remote parts of the world.
Christien Albertz (13 years old)
Christien and her sister Floor delivered 540 meals to lonely older people during the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic. The selection committee is greatly impressed with their inspiring initiative, which not only provided meals but also helped combat loneliness and create connections between young and older people.
Floor Albertz, Christien's sister, was no longer eligible for the Youth Award due to her age. However, the selection committee and the council want to express their appreciation for her efforts.
Enzo van Golde (16 years old)
Enzo is highly involved in the youth work at Trajekt. The selection committee is moved by the way Enzo readily assists other young people. Through his dedication and personal experience, he serves as a role model and a source of support for young individuals. The committee finds it particularly exceptional that a sixteen-year-old boy has developed in such a way and is now dedicated to supporting others.
Juupu (Juul and Puck Knols)
The youth movement Juupu is the initiative of brother Juul (19 years old, 18 at the time of nomination) and sister Puck Knols (17 years old), who have been doing volunteer work since 2015. They organised various activities, initially for asylum seekers and later to combat poverty. They continue to do so to this day.
They eventually founded Juupu to help and encourage young people to do something for society. According to the selection committee, not only the fact that they have been doing volunteer work for years themselves, but also the way they inspire and activate other young people with Juupu deserves appreciation. Just like the other young people currently active within Juupu. That is why the organisation Juupu received the Youth Award.
KinderAdviesRaad, Maastricht UMC+
According to the selection committee, the KinderAdviesRaad (Children's Advisory Council) or KAR is a fantastic initiative in which young people of various ages (8 to 17 years old) work together to help other children who stay at the MUMC+ hospital. KAR helps children to get their voice heard within the hospital.
The selection committee commends the children for taking part in KAR, as it takes courage to do so. They demonstrate how impactful one can be, which is crucial as children deserve care that meets their needs. Who could better understand what "good care for children" is than children themselves? The KAR is therefore a great example of youth participation.
Mohammed Maho (15 years old)
Mohammed Maho has caught the eye of the selection committee with his impressive contribution to RKHSV, his football club. He is extremely active within the club, taking on the role of coach/leader for the youth team, volunteering in the canteen, and being a reliable point of contact. On top of all this, he also plays for JO19-1 and trains twice a week, in addition to playing one match per week. It's clear that, at 14 years old, he is not your average club member, but a shining example and inspiration for all other footballers at RKHSV.