Time to celebrate achievements of our younger residents

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If you know a young person who deserves recognition for their achievements and contributions to our community, consider nominating them for Mildura Rural City Council’s 2022 Youth Awards.

The Awards are open to young people aged between 12 and 25 who live, study or work in the Mildura Council area across three all-new categories – Youth Worker of the Year, Community Participation Award and Endurance and Persistence.

Nominations are open until Friday 5 August and can be made by visiting www.mildura.vic.gov.au/youthawards

Councillor for Community Development and Gender Equity Helen Healy said the awards were a great opportunity to highlight the efforts of our region’s young people, which may otherwise go unnoticed by the broader community.

“We have some amazing young people in our region doing some wonderful work, often going about their business quietly in the background without seeking out recognition or attention,” Cr Healy said.

“Our Youth Awards provide the community with a chance to nominate young people they know are doing great things so they can be acknowledged and celebrated.”

All young people nominated for an award will be recognised at a formal dinner to be held in September this year. They’ll also receive an official certificate from Council acknowledging their achievements and/or contribution to the local community.

Individual award winners will each receive a $200 voucher and a trophy.

Judging will be based on information provided in nomination forms and individual interviews based on their achievements over the past 12 months.

Council’s Youth Engagement Services Team have refreshed all three categories this year to better capture the achievements of our region’s young people.

Youth Worker of the Year

This award recognises a youth worker that has demonstrated commitment to the well-being, participation, and capacity-building of young people within their role. Workers include but are not limited to police, child protection, health, education, youth work and youth services, including those working with young people in the sports, recreation, and arts and culture sectors.

Examples could include acting as a role model for peers, excelling at building positive relationships with young people or making significant improvements in policy and practice to engage young people.

Community Participation Award

This award recognises young people or groups of young people who have shown leadership in their community. This includes young people or groups who provide a positive and rewarding service to other young people.

The award could recognise work to promote and ensure safety of young people in the greater community, or making a positive difference to the environment.

Examples could include demonstrating a commitment to the welfare of their community through volunteering their time generously, willingly and selflessly, or actively contributing towards the positive development of their community.

Nominees could also have demonstrated leadership, commitment and positive role-modelling within their chosen area, whether through sports, the arts or other community-based activities.

Endurance and Persistence

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated personal growth and endurance to overcome hardships or to achieve their goals. This may be demonstrated but is not limited to any of the following:

  • Family
  • Culture
  • Sexual orientation
  • Geographic Location
  • Long term unemployment
  • Health
  • Disability
  • Education

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