Xplode Magazine’s Founding CEO Saeed Atcha has been shortlisted as ‘Young Person of the Year’ in The Bolton News and Bury Times Business Awards.
The awards look to celebrate the best of local businesses and the ceremony will take place at The Macron Stadium on Thursday, September 28.
The awards which represent Bolton and Bury’s finest, are now in their 12th year and Saeed Atcha, our CEO has been shortlisted as a finalist.
Event organisers say the quality of nominations this year was of a really high standard and the judges had some difficult decisions to make.
After receiving Bolton & Bury Young Person of the Year in 2015, The Bolton News and Bury Times said:
Saeed Atcha is certainly leading by example in his four-year quest to combat negative media coverage surrounding young people.
For if anyone deserves to portray a positive image, then it’s the talented 19-year-old whose Xplode magazine has proved to be just dynamite — commanding an impressive readership.
Saeed has lifted the “Young Person/Apprentice Award” in tribute to the fact that since 2011 he has spearheaded training sessions for Bolton teens that are fun, informative and inclusive. Consequently, youngsters can put what they’ve learned into running a magazine, embracing editorial, pictorial, social media and back office.
The teenager has seen the organisation emerge as a UK-wide charity, earning an award and praise from the Prime Minister David Cameron. Since 2011, Xplode has significantly increased its readership to a young audience.
Saeed started volunteering at after school clubs at Ladybridge High School and worked on the school magazine. His tireless commitment to his own magazine is illustrated by the fact he works unpaid for about 50 hours a week while studying for a degree in public relations.
His goal was to establish an organisation that could showcase the talents of young people positively. After launching a training arm, he enlisted Asda, Cineworld and O2 to offer real work experience to its young people. Now, those involved with Xplode are motivated, with an increase in teamwork, confidence and leadership skills.
Since 2015, Saeed has worked tirelessly with the Xplode Magazine team to create national change – recent announcements and plans include training 10,000 young people in job skills, offering free first-aid and emergency life-saving training to teens, and receiving Her Majesty the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
On receiving the news that he has been shortlisted, Saeed said:
I’m absolutely honoured and gobsmacked to be nominated! I won the award in 2015 and never thought I’d be nominated again! There’s some stiff and healthy competition and whoever the winner is, they absolutely deserve it – I’m in great company! For me though, it’s the work of my wonderful team of volunteers that propels us forward, and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today so if I win, it’ll be for them!
Saeed is also a trustee of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Step up to Serve #iwill campaign which aims to double the amount of young people taking part in youth social action by 2020. You can find out more about our Chief Executive by visiting his website: saeedatcha.co.uk