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WA Youth Awards 2016

The WA Youth Awards were established in 1999 to recognise West Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their contributions to the community, as well as outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the State’s young people.

 The WA Youth Awards will be held on Friday 25 November 2016.

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Established 1999

The WA Youth Awards were established in 1999 to recognise young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their achievements and contributions to the community. The Awards also reward outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the state’s young people.

Individuals and groups can be nominated in eight categories:

Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award
ECU Community Leadership Award
Active Participation Award
Cultural Endeavours Award
Positive Achievement Award
Organisational Achievement Award – Small organisation
Organisational Achievement Award – Large organisation
Minister for Youth’s Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award

 

Young journalists, photographers, bloggers and contributors are invited to nominate for the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award, which recognises an outstanding journalist, photographer or media contributor under the age of 25 who has committed to fair and balanced reporting on young people or youth issues.

The WA Youth Awards 2016 are proudly presented by the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia, in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities. The Awards are supported by Lotterywest.





Key Dates

Please take note of the following key dates for the WA Youth Awards 2016:

Nominations close Friday 7 October

The WA Youth Awards will be held on Friday 25 November.

  • Monday August 29, nominations open
  • Friday October 7, nominations close
  • Mid October , finalists announced
  • Late October , finalists interviews
  • Friday November 25, WA Youth Awards 2016 Gala Dinner at Crown Perth

What are the categories?

Select an award for more detail and click to nominate.

Nominations close 1pm Friday October 7 SHARP.

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This category recognises a WA youth worker that has made an outstanding contribution to their local community by doing paid or voluntary work in the youth service sector. This award is open to people of any age.

The category winner will be eligible for the WA Young Person of the Year Award if they are aged 12 to 25 as at Thursday 20 November 2015.

The applicant must have:

  • demonstrated passion and commitment to improving conditions for young people in their community
  • established sustainable partnerships and programs that benefit youth in their community
  • delivered improved outcomes for young  people in their community through their position
  • demonstrated a significant commitment to the youth sector in Western Australia
  • demonstrated high professional standards and a commitment to youth work principles.

Click here to nominate

This category recognises an individual who, having overcome difficulties (such as issues related to family, culture, geographic location, health or disability), has made an important contribution to society and is an inspirational role model to others.

This may be demonstrated by:

  • connecting communities
  • improving the quality of life for people with disabilities or health issues
  • enriching cultural diversity within the community
  • improving the opportunities available to people living in regional or remote communities.

Click here to nominate

This category recognises young people who have made a significant contribution to the community through drama, visual arts, technical support, digital and/or technology, dance, debating, literary pursuits or music.

An example of this may be a young person who:

  • has participated in and supported the arts
  • contributed to the cultural fabric of Western Australia
  • embraced digital technology to improve awareness or connect community
  • made a particular effort to mentor younger artists

involved in youth arts events

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This category recognises a youth-led group or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the community and inspired others to participate actively in community life.

The organisation or youth-led group may have demonstrated this by:

  • addressing a community need or issue
  • assisting disadvantaged or at-risk individuals
  • promoting a more inclusive and cohesive society
  • encouraging individuals to participate  fully in all aspects of life to create a stronger, more democratic society
  • actively included young people in the organisation or its activities.

The organisation should employ no more than 10 staff.

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This category recognises anorganisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the community and inspired others to participate actively in community life.

The organisation may have demonstrated this by:

  • addressing a community need or issue
  • assisting disadvantaged or at-risk individuals
  • promoting a more inclusive and cohesive society
  • encouraging individuals to participate  fully in all aspects of life to create a stronger, more democratic society
  • actively included young people in the organisation or its activities.

The organisation should employ 10 staff or more.

Click here to nominate

This category recognises an individual with outstanding leadership qualities who has taken action to empower and educate others. They will be high achievers in their chosen field of education, business, government, sport, environment or community, and made a noteworthy contribution to our community.

The applicant may have:

  • demonstrated innovation in youth programs or practices
  • actively participating, or encouraging others to participate in sport and recreational activities
  • delivered improved outcomes for individuals, families or communities
  • guided and developed others
  • developed and implemented a shared vision for the future
  • developed skills and broadened their own life experience and that of others at national or international levels.

 

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This category recognises a young person between the ages of 12 and 17 who has shown outstanding dedication to making a positive change in their community and who has inspired other young people to participate.

This may have been done by:

  • giving young people a voice in important decisions
  • getting young people positively involved in their community
  • addressing a community need or issue
  • bringing groups together to create a stronger community.

Click here to nominate

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The WA Youth Awards 2016 are presented by the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities.

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YACWA

T: 08 9227 5440
W: yacwa.org.au

For queries regarding sponsorship or nominations for the WA Youth Awards 2016, please contact the event coordinator:

Loaded Communications

T: 0413 685 387
E: youthawards@loadedcommunications.com.au