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Geelong Youth Awards

The Geelong Youth Awards are celebrated annually.

They aim to recognise and celebrate young people, workers, volunteers and corporate bodies who have made and/or are currently making significant contributions in the areas of education, leadership, community work, sport, culture, arts, new media and youth development.

Stay tuned for the announcement of nomination and celebration dates for the next Youth Awards.

All nominees receive a certificate, and award winner prizes vary from trophies, to financial contributions to support young peoples ongoing interests and passions.


Nomination categories

All Awards are open to young people aged between 12 and 25 years who live, work, learn or play in the City of Greater Geelong.

The Volunteer Award, Worker Award and the Corporate Award are open to all ages.


Active Achievement Awards

This category recognises individual young people whose involvement in sport and recreation has benefited the community.

Words used to describe previous nominees in this category are dedication, enthusiasm and commitment.

Examples of past nominees include young people who show strong dedication and achievement within their chosen sport and who act as role models that encourage and support others to participate.


Advocacy Award

This category recognises individual young people who promote a positive image of young people within schools, clubs and the wider community. The main objective of this category is to challenge the preconceptions of young people.

Examples of past nominees include: young people who lead by example by advocating for others, tackling issues within the public arena and using their own negative experiences to help and guide others.


Community Citizenship Award (Group)

This category recognises a group of young people that have empowered or shown dedication to others.

Young people are engaged in a wide range of groups that are doing great things for our community.

Examples demonstrated by past nominees include: groups that organise and run safe partying events for young people, groups that address and tackle issues of social justice, human rights and that have provided assistance to peers who face challenges that affect their well-being.


Community Award (Individual)

This category recognises individual young people that may be described as ‘model citizens’ due to their involvement and dedication to empower others.

Many young people are involved in a range of activities that make a major difference in the lives of others.

Examples demonstrated by previous nominees include: young people that volunteer at aged-care facilities, mentor other young people and engage them in the community, fundraise and use their skills and positive attitude to connect with others.


Corporate Award

This category recognises businesses that highlight youth development as a core component of their business.

Involving young people in business is important to ensure their sense of belonging and engagement in the community.

Examples demonstrated by past nominees include: businesses that have implemented or funded youth programs or projects, provided sponsorships and mentoring and demonstrate that they value the contributions of young people within communities.


Cultural/Arts Award

This category recognises individual young people who have shown creativity and passion in the arts.

Cultural Arts has a broad canvas and can be described as a powerful tool that challenges ideas, thoughts and practices.

Examples demonstrated by past nominees include: young people forming bands and performance arts that tells stories, celebrates cultural diversity and provides a platform for other young people to get involved.


Inspiration Award

This category recognises individual young people who can be described as an inspirational role model for others.

This award gives us the opportunity to celebrate young people who are an inspiration to others.

Examples demonstrated by past nominees include: young people who have overcome challenges and have used their experiences to guide and motivate others, or pursued careers in a demanding field despite facing obstacles
in their lives.


Leadership Award

This category recognises individual young people who through their demonstrated leadership have made a difference in the lives of others.

A young person who inspires and leads others, not only supporting them to make the right choices, but providing them with invaluable guidance, assistance and support.

Examples demonstrated by past nominees include: young people who have led and encouraged other young people to participate in their community.


Online Community Engagement Award

This category recognises individual young people or a group who use the internet to engage other young people and/or to positively contribute to the community.

Examples of online technologies include Websites, Blogs, Apps, Online Communities and streaming audio and video.

Examples demonstrated by previous nominees include; young people who use social media and other online technologies to positively engage other young people and the wider community. 


Volunteer Award – Working with young people

This category recognises individuals who work voluntarily with young people.

This award is open to all ages.

Volunteering is an act of selflessness. When people are generous and thoughtful with their time, much can be achieved.

Examples of past nominees include: volunteer coaches who support young people to reach their goals, youth leaders, scout leaders, tutors and individuals who support newly arrived young people to break down barriers to participation and belonging or volunteer their time in existing programs to mentor vulnerable young people.


Worker Award – Working with young people

This category recognises individuals that are working with young people.

This award is open to all ages.

This award recognises workers who are supporting young people to achieve great things.

Examples demonstrated by past nominees include: doctors, teachers and youth workers who go beyond their normal duties to advocate for young people and provide avenues where they can be empowered to reach their goals.


Young Carers Award

This category recognises individual young people who are the primary carer for a family member, relative or friend with a disability, mental illness or chronic condition.

A young carer can be described as someone who provides unpaid care and support to their family, relative or friend.

Examples demonstrated by past nominees include: young people who have dedicated their time to care for someone who would have not managed without their support and assistance.



Page last updated: Tuesday, 6 June 2017
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