Stephen is an inspiration to others

Ann Shelton Mayes, executive dean of School of Education, University of Northampton, with Stephen Mitchell
Ann Shelton Mayes, executive dean of School of Education, University of Northampton, with Stephen Mitchell

A young man from Corby is helping launch a campaign celebrating all the great things young people do in the community and inspiring others to reach their potential.

Stephen Mitchell, one of the winners of the county’s first youth ambition awards, was recognised for his volunteering and responsibilities with the mental health charity Mind, which helped change his life.

Over the past 18 months he has given more than 2,000 voluntary hours by organising and leading events, recruiting new trustees and working with members on their goals and aspirations to help them through difficult periods in their lives.

Stephen joins other award winners including apprentice Chloe Botterill and marching band Liberty Drum Corps as they front a new campaign this week (August 16) to inspire other young people to achieve their potential.

The winners of the Northamptonshire Youth Ambition Awards are the stars of the new campaign by Northamptonshire County Council to celebrate the county’s young people and all the great things they are doing in their local community, home life and work life.

Cllr Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children and education, said: “By creating the awards, we wanted to shine a light on the achievements of the county’s young people. The winners are all inspirational examples of what we can achieve when we aim high.

“The campaign that we’re launching this week showcases the award winners and their achievements. We hope this will inspire other young people to follow their ambitions.

“We also want to use our winners’ experiences to signpost young people to information about some of the opportunities available to help them achieve their potential.”

The campaign will include billboard and bus shelter adverts, a poster campaign in targeted locations including secondary schools and youth groups, and a dedicated section of the council’s website on

The awards took place earlier in the year in conjunction with Northamptonshire Newspapers’ Education Awards.