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EMPOWERED 2016: Hear from previous EMPOWERED award winner


Education Award winner speaks up about his experience of youth award event EMPOWERED and the support from Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC (Babbasa), a youth social enterprise based in Bristol.


Idriss Richy Kamatcheu, 19, came to Bristol from Cameroon with very little knowledge of the country, no friends and no language skills. In a year, he had not only learnt English and made friends, but additionally gained employment and a place at Bangor University, with his achievements recognised by the EMPOWERED, a youth awards event.


“I remember being at the EMPOWERED event last year, in a room full of chatty people, enjoying the buzz of the atmosphere. There were important people there, like Marvin Rees, who is now the Mayor of Bristol. They seemed nice and I found it so weird that after just one year after coming to Bristol, I was now meeting the leaders of the city,” said Idriss.


It was his passion for learning that got him there. When Idriss found self the UK, studying for his AS Levels without having studied English previously, he did not give up or panic. His determination and passion for education made him stand out to Babbasa, the social enterprise organising the event.


“Babbasa helped me realise what I’d achieved. When my teachers nominated me for the Education award at EMPOWERED, I couldn’t believe it. It’s kept me motivated to do more because I saw that hard work pays off.”


The local and business community in Bristol came together last year to congratulate Idriss and empower him to inspire other young people to take advantage of opportunities in education, just as Idriss has. Leaders and the general public in the city are now getting together again for EMPOWERED 2016.


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Marvin Rees


EMPOWERED 2015 saw leaders in the community, politics and business, such as Marvin Rees, Peaches Golding OBE and the Lord Mayor of Bristol in attendance to celebrate the achievements of local young. Guests also heard a powerful motivational speeches from ex-Olympian Vernon Samuels and Spoken Word Artist Nadine Bourne.


Stay Hungry


EMPOWERED 2016 takes place on July 15th at The Station. It’s an exciting awards event, celebrating the achievement of young people from Bristol’s diverse and underserved inner city communities. The event also aims to provide a platform to showcase young peoples’ talent and inform them about local support services.




DJ Krust

Babbasa are currently supporting young people like Idriss to reach their professional and enterprise ambitions though the EMPOWERED Project. You can sponsor, nominate, mentor a young person or attend EMPOWERED through the event page: Email or call the Office Manager (Amy) on or 0117 329 0717 for further enquiries.


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