A PAIR of Acocks Green brothers have been awarded for their work in helping other youngsters get off the street.
Maison and Jayden-Jarrett (Jay-J) Whiston were handed a Young Active Citizens award rom the Lord-Lieutenant, John Crabtree after they set up a youth kitchen at the local youth group.
Over the past three years the 16-year-old and 13-year-old have dedicated their spare time to passing on their passion for food at Fox Hollies Youth Project based at Fox Hollies Forum.
They did this in hope it would keep children like them from hanging around the streets, or sitting at home attached to a phone or games console.
It started off with the pair making snacks with members and giving them to the group, but over time they started charging for them and funds would go towards other activities.
Proud mum Sasha Rickman said: “They don’t think what they have done is special, they’ve just helped other children learn something new.
“Maison and Jay-J will do anything to help anybody and everybody and it’s amazing to see what they have achieved.”
Maison and Jay-J were among the first in the region to be handed the award, which was launched last autumn, and schools were invited to share stories of pupils who they knew were going the extra mile.
They were nominated by Ninestiles Academy, where they both attended.
Since nominations Maison has completed his GCSEs and is now completing a catering course at college.