IF the award winners from Friday nights Ballarat Youth Awards are anything to go by, the future of this city is in good hands for the next generation to come.
A host of Ballarat's best and brightest young stars were awarded for their ongoing contribution to making the city great as the Ballarat Youth Awards went digital for the first time.
In all, 78 young people and 'adult allies' were nominated for this years awards for their lasting impact on the community.
The biggest winners on the night were Karissa Cribbes who took out the major award for the 18-25s and Ethan Sculley, 14, who won the top prize for 12-17 age group.
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As well as her major award, Ms Cribbes was also crowed the winner of the 'Influential Artist' category and the 'Positive Leader' category.
Ms Cribbes has worked primarily at the Centre for Multicultural Youth. She said she had focussed on social inclusion, highlighting mental health issues within diverse communities. She has also been making primarily origami earrings for care packs for children going into foster care.
She was also a nominee in the 'young entrepreneur' category.
"I'm speechless," she said. "I just want to say a massive thankyou for the opportunity, of being able to volunteer," she said. "To do what I do comes from massive privilege and I'm so happy that I'm able to continuing volunteering."
Ethan Sculley also won the 'Compassion and Care' category. He has spent much of the past few months sewing face masks and putting together packs labelled 'U Matter, I Care' which have been distributed in the community. Earlier this year, Ethan was also a finalist in the Ballarat Citizen of the Year awards for his work in helping the homeless.
Other winners included Kieren Payne in the 'Challenge and Change' category, the 'AWA' project won for 'Group Project', Dominique Sharp for 'Leadership in Sport', Escher Russel for 'Youth Volunteer', Eliza Wallace for 'STEM', Daniel Ferguson for 'Young Entrepreneur' and 'Adult Ally Worker' was Nikki Bell.
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