CMO Bowmen are proud to be part of the The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme, which is the flagship programme of the Jack Petchey Foundation and it currently operates across 2000 different schools, groups and organisations within London and Essex.
The scheme contributes millions of pounds each year and to date has donated over £100million to support youth programmes. The Achievement Award Scheme aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of their young people. Jack Petchey CBE wants young people to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.
Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievements. It is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and doing your best. The success of the Award Scheme arises from empowering young people to nominate their peers and select the Achievement Award winner.
It is not about the fastest, the smartest or being the best. The award is designed to recognise outstanding individual achievements. These achievements can include:
- Helping others over and above expectations
- Being a good role model/mentor
- Showing bravery
- Overcoming a personal challenge
- Trying really hard
- Breaking through a personal barrier
The award winner also chooses how their award money is to be spent.
A compulsory part of the scheme is the invitation to a Celebration Event. Every year the Jack Petchey Foundation hosts almost 80 Achievement Award Celebrations across London and Essex. They are designed to celebrate and publicly recognise just some of the many thousands of Achievement and Leader Award winners from the organisations that we support.
The celebrations offer an opportunity to fulfil four very important goals:
- To publicly congratulate award winners in front of their family, friends and supporters.
- To allow family, friends and supporters to be a part of celebrating winners' achievements.
- To show society the good things young people achieve within their borough and organisation.
- To give our award winners an evening they will always remember and to make them feel proud and confident to go forward and achieve more
All four of these goals are important and, in these days of often relentless negative media coverage of young people, it really is an opportunity to try and correct this imbalance by showing the very many positives. All award winners are made to feel very special and are awarded a medallion on stage in front of their family and friends. It is a great celebration! A professional photographer will be there to capture each Award Winner receiving their medallion in the presence of local celebrities and other important figures. Each school/group/club in every Borough or District that participates in the Achievement Award Scheme has the opportunity to attend a celebration in their area.