The awards 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.


Nominations open: 25 January 2016

Nominations close: 28 February 2016

Nominations are open for young people aged between 12 and 25 years who reside in the City of Greater Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula. For nominees under 16 years of age, parental or guardian agreement for the nomination must be sought.

All information provided remains the property of the City of Greater Geelong and will be treated confidentially.

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

Award categories

  • Active Achievement Award
  • Advocacy Award
  • Community Citizenship Award (Group)
  • Community Award (Individual)
  • Corporate Award
  • Cultural / Arts Award
  • Inspiration Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Online Community Engagement Award
  • Volunteer Award - Working with Young People
  • Worker Award - Working with Young People
  • Young Carers Award

Read the category descriptions

Prizes / Recognition

  • All nominees will receive a certificate, presented by the City of Greater Geelong at a Gala Event to be held at The Pier on 8 April 2016.

  • The ceremony will be catered and entertainment will be provided.

  • A photographer will also be present to capture the evening. The photos will be provided to all nominees at a later date, at no cost.

  • All nominees will have their names and achievements published in the Geelong Advertiser.

  • The successful nominee/s in each youth category will receive a personal trophy and a $500 contribution to support their ongoing interests, education and/or community work.

  • The successful Corporate Award nominee will receive a glass trophy made by Wathaurong Glass.

  • The successful Worker Award and Volunteer Award nominees will receive a gift up to the value of $500.

Need to know more...

If you would like to know more about the Geelong Youth awards, you can contact the Geelong Youth Awards Project Worker on 03 5272 6120 or

Sarah Kenworthy: Volunteer Award - Working with young people Award winner 2015

I felt very humbled and honoured to win the Volunteering Award - Working with Young People. It was a wonderful evening put on by the City of Greater Geelong to help recognise the achievements of the young people within the region.

The stories shared by all the volunteers truly inspired me to continue being a volunteer for the local and international community. The Awards are a great initiative to recognise the incredible achievements that young people are doing within the Geelong region.

Christopher McDermott: Online Community Engagement Award winner 2015

Receiving the Online Community Engagement Award was a thrilling and completely unexpected experience.

I felt absolutely privileged to be included with so many inspirational young people who make an incredible difference in our community.

Being nominated for the award has encouraged me to continue contributing to the community.


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By submitting this nomination you acknowledge that your photo may be taken if at one of the Geelong Youth Awards events.