On 12th January Adam was asked to present an award in his honour, the ADAM Award, at his former school in Newark. Adam moved to ‘The Grove School’ after suffering problems and bullying at his school in Sheffield. After moving just months before his final exams, Adam clinched 27 A*-C grade GCSEs and has since fast-tracked his way through a double A-Level course at the Peter Jones Academy in just one year.
The ADAM Award recognises Aspiration, Determination, Achievement and Motivation. These are traits which Adam describes as ‘fundamental for any young person to have in order to make their dreams become a reality. Despite having Asperger’s Syndrome myself, I am keen to promote the fact that anyone can achieve anything. These key traits will see them make their dreams a reality.’
Adam presented the award to a student who moved to The Grove School not knowing a word of English. The student picked up the language within one half term and now teaches other foreign students English at the school. Adam said: ‘It was a fantastic event at the Grove School and I was really pleased to be a part of a wonderful evening celebrating the success of young people. Despite negative press which youngsters get, it is fantastic that I was able to honour a Determined and Motivated individual on the night.’
The award has now gained national notoriety and a high profile event will be held in London in May honouring three young people from across the UK who are worthy winners of their very own national ADAM Awards. The winners will receive a cash prize, mentoring and support for their personal career ambitions and a special prize to be awarded by a celebrity at the awards event. Applications are now open for young people to apply and for them to be nominated by others.
Since the event at The Grove School earlier this month, Adam has been invited to a series of exclusive opportunities including meetings in the company of Ministers of State, and has been asked to take his latest project ‘The Initiative’ abroad to inspire and motivate young people in India, South Africa and further afield. The project provides mentoring, support and opportunities to young people with enterprising ambitions and has won funding from UnLtd - the foundation for social entrepreneurs.
Young people can apply now for a National ADAM Award or be nominated by e-mailing a statement explaining why they display the 'ADAM' traits to firstname.lastname@example.org