Ballarat Youth Awards to celebrate outstanding achievers

Ballarat’s young will be recognised and celebrated this week as nearly 80 proud achievers are nominated for a commendation at the City of Ballarat Youth Awards.

An annual initiative by the Ballarat Youth Council volunteers, the awards recognise the outstanding young achievers in our community who are succeeding in arts, sport, entrepreneurship and community service.

This year the Youth Awards will be hosted in a virtual ceremony for the first time in its 15-year history. Awards covering 10 categories will be presented.

The Online Award Ceremony will feature a Welcome to Country by Uncle Barry, our 2020 Youth Awards Ambassadors Shon Dunn and Shelby Sherritt and performances by young local talent Meraki Minds, Butterfunked, Cassells and Raro.

The awards are supported through a partnership of community agencies including Buninyong and District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, Highlands LLEN, 99.9 Voice FM, Basketball Ballarat, Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, YMCA, Upstart, Compassionate Ballarat, Western Bulldogs and Ballarat Tech School.

The ceremony will be livestreamed from 7pm this Friday at: https://www.facebook.com/ballaratyouthservices

“This year’s Youth Awards are going to be spectacular. Youth Councillors have been preparing this event for a few months now and we can’t wait for it to finally be seen by many people in Ballarat,” Youth Councillor Mana Florentine said.

“We are so happy for this to go ahead and all of our hard work to pay off. We hope to see you there.”

The Mayor of the City of Ballarat, Cr Ben Taylor, said the Youth Awards were a magnificent opportunity to highlight and feature the many outstanding young people within our community.

“Our Youth Council volunteers are to be congratulated for creating this initiative and helping many young achievers succeed and thrive in their life,” Cr Taylor said.

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