Achievements of young people to be recognised at annual WA Youth Awards

  • Nominations now open for Western Australia’s 2022 Youth Awards
  • 2022 awards include 10 categories covering arts, innovation, advocacy and community leadership
  • 2022 WA Youth Award recipients will be announced at the start of Youth Week WA on April 8
  • Acting Youth Minister Don Punch has called for Western Australians to recognise outstanding young people and those who support them, when opening nominations for the 2022 WA Youth Awards today.

    The awards will celebrate the achievements, talents and contributions to the community of Western Australians aged 12 to 25, as well as individuals and organisations that work with and support the State’s young people.

    Nominations are open for the following categories:

    • The Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award;
    • ECU Community Leadership Award;
    • Propel Youth Arts WA Creative Contribution Award;
    • Mission Australia Young Changemaker Award;
    • Youth Futures Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award;
    • Aboriginal Health Council of WA Positive Achievement Award;
    • Youth Focus Sector Collaboration Award;
    • The YWA Collective Action Award;
    • Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award; and
    • Minister for Youth’s Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award.

    Category winners receive a $1,000 cash prize. A WA Young Person of the Year award will be selected from categories which honour individuals.

    The WA Young Person of the Year will receive a $10,000 bursary to participate in youth-related activities, along with a personal $3,000 travel bursary.

    Nominations close on Friday March 5, 2022 with winners to be announced at the 23rd WA Youth Awards on Friday April 8 at WA Museum Boola Bardip.

    The awards are a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and are supported by Lotterywest.

    For more information visit https://www.yacwa.org.au/waya2022

    As stated by Acting Youth Minister Don Punch:

    “Since 1999, the WA Youth Awards have provided a platform to elevate the work of young people aged 12 to 25 in areas like community leadership, innovation, advocacy and the arts.

    “Recognising the valuable contributions young people, youth organisations and youth workers make to our community is so important.

    “I encourage Western Australians to think about those who are making a difference to the lives of others and enriching our community and nominate them for an award. It is easy to do.”

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