Black history educator and student TEDx organiser win Male Role Model Awards

A young man who has worked tirelessly to educate on black history and a teenager who organised a virtual TEDx event to empower students were the winners of the 2020 Northampton Male Role Model of the Year awards.

The awards, which recognise the important contributions local men and boys make in their communities, families, schools and workplace, were hosted by Northampton Borough Council on 19 November as part of International Men’s Day celebrations.

Tre Ventour, winner of the Male Role Model Awards, has had a substantial impact on the local community through his inter-cultural work, which aims to bring people together through mutual understanding.

He is considered a key voice for young people and particularly the black community.

Tre was described in his nomination as someone with vast knowledge who has inspired and helped people to understand more about the world and implemented positive changes in a peaceful but passionate way.

The Special Recognition Award, which highlights a special individual achievement, was presented to Year 13 student Charlie Atkins, who organised a TEDx Youth event featuring speakers from all around the world, including a Harvard University graduate.

To build on the success of his event, Charlie founded the Inspire Your Future initiative, which has curated a series of live talks with academics and students talking about their respective journeys and personal interests.

The aim of Inspire Your Future is to engage and empower young people, while encouraging them to develop their knowledge outside of the classroom.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Safety: “We had such a strong field of nominees to choose from – testament to the hard work our local men and boys do in their communities.

“In the end though, Tre and Charlie were worthy winners and wonderful male role models who have worked really hard to improve the lives of others despite having to overcome various challenges posed by coronavirus.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported this extremely important day, which also aims to raise awareness of male mental health.”

Those who missed the stream of the awards ceremony can still play back by clicking here.