Are you a budding presenter looking for a break? Then the Spirit of London Awards have an amazing opportunity for you to be a backstage presenter on the upcoming show in November 2010 interviewing the winners and stars behind the event.

Flavour magazine are priviledged to support The Spirit of London Awards competition where they both have one thing in common – capturing the spirit of London’s youth. Whether you’re interested in the arts, media or education, this competition will be a once in a lifetime opportunity as the winner will get the chance to mingle among  the big names of the night such as Roll Deep, Flawless, Toploader, Bashy, Labrinth, and Daley and hosts Tasha Danvers and Tamer Hassan.

To enter this competition on SOLA’s website, all you need to do is create a YouTube video with your mobile phone, camera or computer answering the questions below:

1. Tell us an interesting fact about youself
2. Name a time when you had to overcome an issue which has made you a better person
3. Who inspires you and why?
4. If successful how would this opportunity benefit you in the future?

The public will vote live on Facebook and YouTube. Competition deadline is on 22nd November. Click here to enter.

Taking place at the Indigo2 on the 27th November, the awards are branded as “the Community Oscars for young people” with black tie and evening attire, and the support artists and celebrities lined up behind the young people add the X factor prestige to this event.

The Spirit of London Awards were launched in 2009 by the Damilola Taylor Trust as a way of addressing the imbalance in the way young people are portrayed in general.

“We wanted to create an awards event that young people could feel was truly inspirational and showed how passionate we were about promoting the young people of London positively. Damilola was an ambitious, hard working little boy with positive dreams and we feel it appropriate for his legacy to be enshrined in an awards scheme that honours the kind of young person he was turning into” said Gary Trowsdale, MD of the Damilola Taylor Trust.

The SOLA Foundation is to be a young persons organisation – run by young people, for young people. Pan 33 Boroughs of London, The SOLA Foundation will give young people around the London and potentially beyond a support resource, raise money for inner city charities that support the work of youth and also tackle poverty issues.

So what else can the Foundation achieve? Those who join this group can give their suggestions. They will automatically be entered into a prize draw with a few lucky winners winning tickets to this years event.

The winners in each category will be determined by a salubrious and eclectic panel of judges that include Richard Taylor, Theresa May, Leona Lewis, Ashley Cole, Alan Johnston, Brooke Kinsella, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Warren, Oona King, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Christine Ohorougu, David Haye, Barry & Margaret Mizen, Bashy, Simon Hughes, Chris Grayling, Shaun Bailey, Tim Campbell, Dickson Ethuh, Ashley Walters, Frank Maloney. Many of the judges and their colleagues from the world of sport and showbiz with also be in attendance on the night, along with the Mayor of London.

Following is a full list of the nominations in all categories:

Achievement through the arts

* Big Deal Youth Arts Company – Barking & Dagenham

* Hayley Rae – Lambeth

* Alice Moore – Southwark

Achievement through the media

* The Exposure Team (special mention to Gabriel Calderwood) – Haringey

* Raphael Oyelade – Lambeth

* Dennis Gyamfi – Lambeth

Achievement through Sports

* Ryan Jones – Southwark

* Robert Hughes – Croydon

* Chloe Spiteri – Barking & Dagenham

Achievement through Education

* Bobby Kensah – Newham

* Nathan Ghann – Enfield

* Jesse Andrews & Jessie Brock – Bromley

Achievement through Music

* Camara Fearon – Waltham Forest

* Clarence ‘Poetic Preacher’ Jackson – Newham

* SwiftKnight – Barking & Dagenham

Community Business Entrepreneur

* Omar Choudhry – Hillingdon

* Jessica Elliott – Lewisham

* Sabirul Islam – Tower Hamlets

Community Champions

* Nutmeg – Barnet

* Vanessa Sanyauke – Havering

* Bigga Fish Street Team – Tower Hamlets

Young Heroes

* Supakids – Haringey

* Amanda Osei, Alice Schweigert, Camilla Yahaya, Onose Obanjinde, Vanessa Morris, Aishat Rufai, Chantay Watson – Lewisham

* Joshua Sukama (Special Mention to ‘Value Life: The Movie’) – Haringey

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