Youth Awards nominations open

Young Ballarat residents at the 2015 Youth Awards. Picture: Kate Healy

Young Ballarat residents at the 2015 Youth Awards. Picture: Kate Healy

Ballarat residents will have the opportunity to recognise the achievements of its young people with the launch of the 2017 Youth Awards this month.

Nominations for the awards opens on Monday. The awards were launched by Ballarat City Council mayor Samantha McIntosh on Friday. Created in 2005, the Youth Awards highlight and celebrate young achievers in nine categories, with two other categories which recognise adults supporting young people in the community.

The 2017 Awards are being presented by council’s Youth Council to recognise contributions of young people as leaders, volunteers, carers, athletes and artists in the municipality.

Nominations open on Monday, July 17 and close on Friday, August 18.

Award categories are:

  • Brighter Future Award
  • Technology Award
  • Positive Youth Leader Award
  • Challenge and Change Award
  • Group Project Award
  • Leadership in the Arts Award
  • Young Carer Award
  • Leadership in Sport Award
  • Youth Volunteer Award
  • Adult Ally Award – Volunteer
  • Adult Ally Award - Worker
  • City of Ballarat Award (12 – 17 years)
  • City of Ballarat Award (18 – 25 years)

Ballarat City mayor Samantha McIntosh said council wanted to recognise the young people who contribute in a significant manner to the municipality.

“One girl at the opening of the awards had created a seat for kids being bullied or left out, to sit on and chat with someone,” she said.

“There are so many different projects in the community that are not recognised.

“Even if they are quiet kids, they deserve recognition for their contributions.”