A programme hopes to celebrate the positive achievements of young people and challenge the negative images they are often associated with.

Proud and Gifted ‘Celebrating Young People’s Achievement’ was founded by Steven Oram who has been travelling around the UK acknowledging the success stories of young people aged nine to 25 years old.

Steven said: “Proud and Gifted ‘Celebrating Young People’s Achievement’, was created as a response to the negative media given to young people.

"While we cannot avoid hearing about the growing number of gang and knife crime incidents in the UK particularly in London, it makes it difficult to notice the youths who are working hard to secure a positive and successful future.”

The programme awards young people with certificates and medals, and uses social media to promote and celebrate their achievements.

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Steven said: “The greatest feeling is seeing their faces light up, knowing that a seemingly small gesture can make such a huge difference, is priceless!”

Steven has a background of working with young people since 2011.

He said: “The most rewarding part of the work is assisting someone in need during a difficult situation, watching as their look of hopelessness and disparity changes when they see that someone cares about them, no matter what they have been accused of.”

Steven is keen for adults to celebrate and support the achievements of young people.

He said: “It is important for adults to be as loud about Youth excellence as they are about their failures, by reminding, them they have a unique gift, we are all taught that with hard work and determination you will succeed no matter the obstacles.

“This platform is about encouraging Young People to dare to dream and not be afraid to pursue those dreams enthusiastically.”