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Since its launch in 2006, the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards have been Scotland’s only national awards evening for the young people of Scotland. They have celebrated the inspirational contributions and achievements of thousands of young Scots who have made a real difference to communities across Scotland.
We’ve seen the stories from the most incredible young people. Former nominees have risen to the top of the sporting, business, entertainment and the art worlds. Hundreds more are making a lasting difference all over the country.
Thursday 22nd April 2021
TV Presenter and Broadcast Journalist Jean Johansson is currently lighting up our screens as the presenter on flagship Channel 4 show A PLACE IN THE SUN.
The Kenyan born Scot burst onto our screens after winning a nationwide search for a presenter which led to a long and successful career in Children’s TV, notching up ten years of experience on live and pre recorded shows for CBBC and THE DISNEY CHANNEL. Highlights from this time include flying to Los Angeles to go ‘behind the scenes’ on many of Disney’s big animations and hosting the BAFTA Award winning DISNEY CHANNEL AWARDS from London Arena.
During her University years Broadcast Journalism was her passion, whilst completing her Post Graduate Diploma, she headed up the newsroom of her University radio station and thrived as both reporter and editor of daily, hourly bulletins. Alongside studying, Jean presented the STV weather bulletins, which proved to be the perfect mix of factual reporting and presenting. With her bubbly attitude and unique sense of style, it wasn't long before Jean became a hit as a 'Weather Girl', and a popular member of the news team.
Away from work, she’s a self -confessed bookworm, movie geek and musical theatre enthusiast. She has successfully bought, developed and sold several properties and is something of a football expert, having been with her husband, professional football player turned Manager Jonathan Johansson. Her other obsession is her nine year old son Jonatan who they nickname "Junior"!
Congratulations to our 2021 Finalists
The Arts award celebrates a young person’s or a group of young people’s contribution to arts and culture in Scotland.
Art Boss Young Producers
Rhythm Nation Dance Crews
Sponsored by Scottish Government
The community award celebrates the work accomplished by a young person or group that improves the lives of other people within a community.
Demi Lee Kelly
ENHANCING EDUCATION AWARD
Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland
The Enhancing Education Award is for a young person or group who have truly influenced education in their community either by providing access and opportunities for others, or by influencing change in education for their communities.
Rachel Eve Talbot
Yehya Al Deiri
Sponsored by InYourArea
This award is for a young person or business run by young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial flair and have harnessed their passion to help economic growth and sustainability in their local community.
There are so many ways to entertain – this award is not just for the famous but for the stars in our midst who entertain us every day. They are the young stars of today or the fresh talent ready to explode onto their scenes.
Lawrence Chaney & Ellie Diamond
The Environment Award is for a young person or a group of young people who give their time and effort to help protect the world for future generations. This could be related to recycling, global sustainability, ecology or perhaps something else entirely.
Elliot Overmeer Hay
The Ullapool Sea Savers
EQUALITY & DIVERSITY AWARD
The Equality and Diversity Award recognises a young person or group of young people working tirelessly to promote equality, diversity and inclusion or challenge prejudice and discrimination.
Active Life Club
Girlguiding Scotland Speak Out Champions
S5 Prefect Team
HEALTH & WELLBEING AWARD
This award is for young people across Scotland who are involved in supporting and inspiring others to improve their physical and mental health. They might be providing support in their communities, looking to change policy or services, working in healthcare or involved with healthcare charities.
Callum Christie & Logan Fenton
Chillax - Youth Action on Mental Health
Include Me 2 Club - Young Volunteers
Sponsored by British Council Scotland
This award is for a young person, or a group of young people, who work hard to develop and maintain international cultural and educational links.
Ghulam Muhammad Baig
Sponsored by sportscotland
Right across Scotland young people, through their efforts and determination, are achieving extraordinary things in sport. This can either be through playing or helping to increase access and opportunities for sport and active living.
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
Sponsored by Solace Scotland
For a young person or group who goes the extra mile but never asks for any recognition or reward
Jack Mullen & Alfie King
Change criteria to: This award is for young volunteers across Scotland selflessly donate their time and energy free of charge to help other people.
Young Covid Volunteers - NHS Lothian
YOUNG HERO AWARD
The Young Hero award is for an extraordinary young person or group who deserves special recognition for their bravery.
Our Category Sponsors
Enhancing Education Award
Turing's Testers 2.0 – Toni MacKenzie & Clara O'Callaghan
Luke La Volpe
Scottish Youth Climate Strikers
Excellence in Education Award
Equality & Diversity Award
Charlotte & Davie Donaldson
Intercultural Youth Scotland
Health & Wellbeing Award
Unsung Hero Award
Molly Cuddihy & Sara Millar
Ryan & Lewis McGregor
The Arts Award
Modo - Circus with Purpose
Young Hero Award
Isla & Eilidh Noble
Maher & Abdul Hadi Sawan
Young Scot 2020
Scottish Youth Climate Strikers