Black Youth Awards Winner

Sophia Mendoza

Award Won: Community Ambassador Award

“Sophia embodies resilience, creativity and empowerment, turning adversity into a force for positive change,” said Vaina.

“Facing prejudice and discrimination, Sophia utilises dance, art and music to highlight the beauty and strength of her African Caribbean heritage. Her solo street performances are a powerful expression of empowerment, turning pain into grace.”

Beyond her artistic endeavours, she has built a supportive online community through engaging content, providing strength and encouragement.

Other Winners

Dominique Nelson-Ashley - Winner of Community Recognition Awards
Dominic Nelson Ashley
Community Recognition Award Winner
TOA - Black Youth Awards Dinner 01
Peace Pullet
Positive Role Model Award Winner
Chizaram Ochuba (Winner of Excellence in Arts) & Carl Wilson (Black Creatives & Arts Network Member)
Chizaram Ochuba-Okafor
Excellence in Arts Award Winner

Headline Sponsors


  •  Brand publicised alongside chosen award category.
  • Brand publicised on all Black History Month events in Tees Valley.
  • Opportunity to speak and publicise your organisations services at Annual Taste of Africa