The city's high-achieving youth will be recognised this Friday night when the Ballarat Youth Awards are held online.
The ceremony will be livestreamed on Friday night, highlighting the achievements, stories of compassion and leadership demonstrated by the city's young people.
The event will be an online only livestream for the second year in a row due to the uncertainty of COVID restrictions in planning events over recent months.
Showcasing the talented young people of Ballarat, the livestream will include original music performances from up-and-coming Ballarat artists and will be hosted by entertainer and comedian Ethan Cavanagh.
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The prestigious awards aim to recognise the valuable contributions that young people are making in our community today.
More than 100 people aged 12-25 living, working or attending school in Ballarat have been nominated for an award across 11 categories.
The virtual awards ceremony will celebrate category award winners and feature exclusive interviews with the Youth Awards ambassadors, including Indya Hayes' inspirational journey with The Minority Co.
Each category award winner will later be invited to a civic reception to be formally recognised and celebrated with the mayor.
City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Daniel Moloney said he could not wait to watch the livestream and see the hard work of the young volunteers come together.
"It's been a tough time for anyone organising an event these past 12 months but not only have these young volunteers managed to bring in more nominations for these awards than any other year, they have now pulled together an exciting live event for the whole city to enjoy safely," he said.
"These awards are so important to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our young residents.
"These smart, creative and organised young folk will be the next leaders of Ballarat and I can already see that our future is in safe hands."
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