MidCoast Youth Awards

The MidCoast Youth Awards is an initiative of Taree PCYC and MidCoast Council that recognises the valuable contributions young people aged 12-24 in the MidCoast Council region by celebrating the achievements of individuals across seven categories (The Arts, Community Service, Leadership, Sports, Wellbeing, Resilience and Entrepreneurship).

Award Categories (except for the Entrepreneurship category) are split into two age groups, 12-17 years and 18-24 years with the winner of each category receiving a $250 cash prize. Only young people aged 18-24 are eligible for the Entrepreneur Award.

Nominations are assessed by a panel with a short list of nominees invited to the Awards Ceremony in August where the winners will be announced.

Nominations closed on 18 July 2021.


Award categories

Arts Award

The Arts award is given to young people who have excelled in their chosen field within the Arts. Fields include visual arts (drawing, filmmaking, painting and photography), literary arts (fiction, drama, poetry and prose) and the performing arts (dance, music and theatre). The recipient of this award will have:

  • Demonstrated a commitment to the field through ongoing contributions;
  • Been recognised for their work through formal and informal achievements; and/or
  • Supported others to engage with the arts in a meaningful way 

Examples include:

  • A young person who has been involved in community theatre productions over an extended period of time
  • A student whose artwork has received local, regional or state acclaim and/or awards 
  • An individual who has gotten their friends involved in a performance

Community Service Award

The Community Service Award recognises young people who have volunteered their time to give back to our community. This award acknowledges those young people who strive to put the interests and needs of others first in an effort to better the community as a whole. The recipient of this award will have:

  • Strong, local volunteer experience that can be evidenced;
  • A demonstrated impact through their contribution to the community

Examples include:

  • A young person that has consistently volunteered their time for a community group  
  • A young person who has volunteered on a short-term project that has had a large community impact.

Leadership Award

The Leadership Award acknowledges those young people who display or sustain positive leadership qualities or positions within the community. The recipient of this award will:

  • Display a commitment to the field they lead in;
  • Show integrity in the manner in which they lead;
  • Inspire others to participate in the field.

Examples include: 

  • A school captain or SRC member who has displayed the above qualities and been involved in projects with a positive outcome 
  • An individual involved in a leadership role at a sporting club or community group

Sports Award

The Sports Award recognises a young person who is successful and/or has represented the community in their chosen sport. This young person may be part of a team, or a solo sport. The recipient of this award will have:

  • Demonstrated significant achievements within their sport; and/or
  • Represented the community at a regional, state or national level 

Examples include:

  • A young person who has won numerous awards in their chosen sport 
  • An individual who has represented their sport and the community at a regional or higher level

Wellbeing Award

This award recognises young people who embody or promote positive wellbeing messages and who seek to improve a community or individual’s overall wellbeing. The recipient of this award will have:

  • Been involved in the delivery of initiatives that promote improved wellbeing;
  • Advocated for the improvement of wellbeing within their community context.

Examples include:

  • A young person who has led a campaign that promotes positive wellbeing messages 
  • A student who has petitioned their school for a relaxed space to support individual wellbeing

Resilience Award

The Resilience Award celebrates young people who have bounced back from tough times to accomplish a positive outcome. The recipient of this award will have:

  • Demonstrated triumph over adversity;
  • Inspired others to achieve with their story; and/or
  • Shown a dramatic increase in self-confidence / talent / area of life 

Examples include: 

  • A young person who has achieved positive results at school despite significant adversity in their private life
  • A young person who has inspired their peers or the wider community through their story of overcoming a struggle in their life
  • An individual that has put in hard work to improve their circumstance or a skill they are trying to master.

Entrepreneur Award

This award acknowledges individuals who have exhibited innovation, motivation, vision and creativity to establish a business venture or new start up business.  The recipient of this award will have:

  • Shown initiatives in getting a new business off the ground;
  • Demonstrated creativity in pushing through roadblocks

Examples include: 

  • A young person who has thought outside the box and created an online presence creating an income 
  • A young person who has shown vision and initiative to start a business and follow through on an idea

The MidCoast Youth Awards is an initiative of Taree PCYC and MidCoast Council with support from the following organisations:

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  • LJ Hooker Taree