Congratulations Saeed!

Young Manchester Trustee Awarded MBE

Young Manchester Trustee Saeed Atcha has been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to young people and the community in Greater Manchester.

Saeed, 22 from Bolton, is the Founding Chief Executive of a Greater Manchester Charity Xplode Magazine. Xplode helps young people through volunteering, jobs and skills training and has already supported more than 3000 disadvantaged young Mancunians, through social action opportunities and skills development programmes.

He founded the charity aged 15 to promote a positive image of young people after the fallout from the 2011 riots. He spent much of his teen years in and out of care and risking exclusion from school.

Saeed commented, “I felt quite emotional when I found out. For me, receiving this is unimaginable. I don’t take time to reflect, I always want to conquer the next challenge but this serves as a tap on the shoulder to say, ‘well done, now push further and faster for what you believe in’ and what I’d say is don’t underestimate the importance of that tap on the shoulder to young people.”

He combines his CEO role with full-time studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and his trusteeships at Young Manchester and the national youth social action charity Step Up to Serve behind the #iWill campaign.

He added, “I can’t take all of the credit for this honour. My incredible team and supportive family really deserve this award for supporting me through many steep learning curves that a young CEO faces. It mustn’t have been easy for them!”

Saeed was recently appointed as a Social Mobility Commissioner drawing on his past as motivation to champion for the disadvantaged and help create a fairer society.

We look forward to celebrating Saeed’s appointment in the New Year!