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2020 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award

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2020 Canberra Young Citizen of the Year Awards

Information before you start

The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year  Awards (the Awards) is an annual celebration that was established in 1989. These Awards recognise individuals and groups of young people aged between 12 to 25 years who have made a significant contribution through their personal endeavours, or who have been actively involved in the ACT community in areas such as community work, sport, education, Science, culture, the arts or the environment.

The Awards also seek to acknowledge and celebrate significant personal achievements of individual young people.

Nominations can be submitted in the following seven categories:

  • Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Achiever Award*
  • Personal Achievement Award
  • Individual Community Service Award
  • Environment and Sustainability Award
  • Arts and Multimedia Award
  • Group Achievement Award

* Pending agreement to change to title.

The Awards are supported by the ACT Government and our generous sponsors, who are committed to recognising the diversity and talent of individuals and groups from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

The Award winner for the 2020 Young Canberra Citizens of the Year category will be presented with prize money of $2,000 thanks to our sponors. Winners in all other categories will each receive a prize to the value of $1,000, thanks to the sponsor of each category.

The Youth Engagement Team, will work with the young people who win an award to provide opportunities for them to participate in community events, speak to relevant community groups, address groups and / or officiate at special occasions.

Nominations will open on Monday, 2 December 2019 and close midday, Monday, 2 March 2020.

Before completing your nomination, please refer to the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Guidelines found at http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/ocyfs/youth-interact/awards.

 

HOW TO NOMINATE

Note: Incomplete nomination forms will not be automatically submitted if you have not completed each field, however SmartyGrants will prompt you of any areas requiring further information.

 

QUICK TIPS: Please consider when submitting a nomination

  • An individual and/or group can be nominated for more than one category. Please make sure you clearly indicate the award categories you are submitting a nomination in.
  • You can provide additional supporting material to strengthen the application – please feel free to share as much information as you can.
  • It may be useful to provide a copy of the nomination form to the referees you have listed as the selection panel may need to contact them.

ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT

The Youth InterACT Team is available to provide support or assistance to complete a nomination form or if further information is required.

The Youth InterACT Team can be contacted on (02) 6205 3064 or via email at Youthinteract@act.gov.au

 

ASSESSMENT

An independent selection panel comprising of representatives with relevant expertise in each category will be convened by the ACT Youth InterACT Team to assess the nominations.

The Young Canberra Citizens of the Year Awards will be presented by the Minister for Children, Youth and Families at an awards ceremony during Youth Week 2020.

Category Information

Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award

This category recognises a young person aged 12 to 25 who has made an outstanding contribution to their local community that has significantly contributed to the broader ACT community, through activities such as charity work, volunteering, developing and implementing new opportunities and/or service for young people in the ACT.

This category recognises an individual who:

  • demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities;
  • is an exceptional and inspirational role model for the young people;
  • demonstrates excellence in their field;
  • has significantly contributed to the broader ACT community, through activities such as volunteering, developing and implementing new opportunities and/or service for young people in the ACT.

Young Achiever Award

This category recognises a young person aged 12 to 15 that has made a contribution to their local community through charity or voluntary work.

This category recognises an individual who:

  • is an inspirational role model for young people; and
  • has made contribution to the ACT community, through activities such as volunteering, raising funds for a charity or community group.

Personal Achievement Award

This category recognises an individual who, has overcome adversity to achieve their life goals (such as issues related to family, culture, health or disability), has made an important contribution to society and is an inspirational role model to others.

This category recognises an individual who:

  • has overcome adversity to achieve their life goals; and/or
  • has shown exceptional commitment to achieving their goals; and/or
  • works to improve opportunities for others who face barriers or challenges.

Individual Community Service Award

This category recognises young people who are working in the community sector, volunteering and / or social entrepreneurs, who are dedicated to the needs of others and seek innovative solutions to address social issues.

This category recognises an individual who:

  • has consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion, and service to one or more organisations or a variety of volunteer activities or through a social enterprise;
  • have substantially worked to improve the quality of life of their community or the broader ACT community; and
  • is positively involved in their community.

Group Achievement Award

This category recognises a group of young people who have worked together to provide a service, program or project, which as resulted in positive, youth-led changes in the ACT community.

This category recognises a group of young people who have:

  • made an invaluable contribution to the ACT community; and
  • effected positive change at a local level.

Environment and Sustainability Award

This category recognises an individual and/or group of young people contributing to the community through innovation and sustainability.

This category recognises an individual and/or group of young people who have:

  • made an invaluable contribution in protecting, conserving, rehabilitating or sustaining our unique environment and achieving a more sustainable ACT; and/or
  • promote the development and benefits of environmentally responsible behaviour; and/or
  • have contributed towards a cleaner, greener, Canberra; and/or
  • have effected positive change at a local level.

Arts and Multimedia Award

This category recognises a group or young person who has demonstrated initiative, innovation and made a postive community contribution through multimedia/ social media, visual arts, performing arts, technical support, or music.

This category recognises an outstanding young creative individual and/or group of young people who have:

  • excelled in the Arts, and/or
  • shown best practice in utilising art/ multimedia/ social media to promote and express youth issues in the ACT; and/or
  • used art/multimedia to empower and inspire young people in the ACT; and/or
  • used or created social media platforms that inspire or empower young people.