Nominations Now Open For 2024 Youth Awards At Mildura

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Nominations for Mildura Rural City Council’s 2024 Youth Awards are now open, paving the way for our community to recognise the achievements and contributions our young people make to our community.

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

Nominations close Friday 26 July and can be made online at

Councillor for Community Health and Wellbeing Troy Bailey said the awards were an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the positive influence of our region’s young people.

“Each year our Youth Awards highlight incredible achievements by young people in our community, their passion and support for our communities is an inspiration for us all,” he said.

All young people nominated will be recognised at a special Youth Showcase event on Friday 30 August at the Mildura Arts Centre. 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 nominees achievements over the past 12 months.

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 the 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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