The Black History Wales Youth Awards (BHWYA) 2018

This award ceremony is part of the 2018 Black History Month Wales celebrations, with several events held across Wales mainly in the month of September/October, but also throughout the year.

BHMW celebrates its 11th year anniversary in Wales this year! We aim to capture and share the contributions of people of African descent from the Diaspora as part of our shared history, through a wide range of educational and creative activity for people of all ages. Race Council Cymru as the ethnic minority established national lead body for race in Wales manages Black History Wales-wide work. The Black History Wales network is made up of over 104 pan-Wales organisations such as; youth charities, grassroots groups, schools, Further Education and Higher Education institutions representing people of different cultures, faiths and geographical locations who sit on our steering committee. These include Amgueddfa Cymru/ Museum Wales; African Community Centre – Wales; Cardiff and Bangor Universities; Schools; Minority Ethnic Achievement Support (MEAS) Team; Neath Port Talbot CBC; The Cardiff Volunteer Centre @C3SC; Jamaican Society; Wales Millennium Centre, Barnardos Cymru, National Assembly for Wales and Trade Unions in Wales to name a few.

To celebrate BHMW 2018, the theme for the year is “ICONS OF BLACK WALES: 11th Anniversary 2018’’ (Hashtag #BHMWales11) we wish to recognise the achievements of young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Wales. Last year, the first of these award ceremonies was held at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay. Led by Race Council Cymru, the awards ceremony was a huge success, with awards presented by Welsh Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff West Professor Mark Drakeford AM. The ceremony and winners received nationwide coverage and prime time spots on BBC News and ITV’s Newsweek. This year, we aim even higher and we want you to be part of it so please nominate a deserving young black person.

The award ceremony will be led by the Race Council Cymru with awards being presented by the Welsh Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff West Professor Mark Drakeford AM at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay on Friday the 28th of September 2018.


Anyone can nominate a young person for the category below as long as they can meet the criteria of the said category. For the purpose of these awards, a young person is 13 – 30 years old. A nominee may submit a maximum of two nominations for the Black History Youth Awards (BHWYA) 2018.

Visual Art

Art created primarily for visual perception, as drawing, graphics, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, ceramics, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture.


Pioneers, innovators, leaders and inventors who run their own business(es) or social enterprise. Ventures with a wider benefit (such as high employment, tackling a social need) to the local communities would be an added advantage.

Young Leader

A young person who has gained skills, knowledge, qualifications and or experience in leading civic engagement, education reform and community organizing activities.

Outstanding Academic Achievement

For student / learner who received an overall ‘outcome’ grade of A or A* in every subject or highest ‘outcome’ grade in examination in their examinations, assessments or tests.

Music / Performing Art

Art of sound by one or more voices or instruments, or both. This may include but not limited to singers, producer, writers, performers and conductors

Art form often with social, political or topical themes that typically features a live presentation to an audience or onlookers and draws on such arts as drama, acting, poetry and dance

Good Citizen

An honest and self-sacrificing young person who has made an exceptional contribution or service to his community and society at large, by showing compassion and care for people and other living things.


A young person, who is actively involved, participates in and or has achieved a significant feat or level in any sport or competitive outdoor events.

Science and Innovation

A young person with ground breaking achievements and or has made significant contributions to any scientific field and or has a registered/patented invention.

Young Volunteer

Young person who works for a social cause or organisation for free and has demonstrated exceptional self-sacrificing spirit in serving people and his community over an extended period of time.

Young Carer

A young person aged 18 or under, who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.

Make a nomination by post or email

Fill in the Black History Wales Youth Award nomination form and Send your completed form to:

Race Council Cymru (RCC)
5 Lamb Lane, Killay,
Swansea, SA2 7ES. 

OR via email to

[email protected]

Closing date for nominations is

Friday, September
7th 2018.