MidCoast Youth Awards

 

Do you know an outstanding young person? Then nominate them for a 2022 MidCoast Youth Award.

The awards recognise the valuable contributions of young people aged 12-24 in the MidCoast region across seven categories (the arts, community service, leadership, sports, wellbeing, resilience and entrepreneurship).

A $250 cash prize is awarded to each winner.

All categories except entrepreneurship are split into two age groups, 12-17 years and 18-24 years. The entrepreneurship award is open to young people aged 18-24.

Anyone can nominate a young person for a youth award by completing the nomination form below.

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.

The MidCoast Youth Awards is an initiative of Taree PCYC and MidCoast Council.


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 addressed criteria that includes:

  • 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 actively involved in community theatre productions
  • 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, to better the community as a whole. The recipient of this award will have addressed criteria that includes:

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

Examples include:

  • A young person who 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 have addressed criteria that includes:

  • An evidenced commitment to the field they lead in
  • Integrity in doing so
  • Inspiring 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 addressed criteria that includes:

  • 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 addressed criteria that includes:

  • 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 addressed criteria that includes:

  • Demonstrated triumph over adversity
  • Inspired others to achieve with their story
  • 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 addressed criteria that includes:

  • Showing initiative in getting a new business off the ground
  • Demonstrating 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
  • Please note: The entrepreneurship award is open to young people aged 18-24.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a MidCoast Youth Award, the young person being nominated must

  • Be 12-24 years old on Friday 12 August 2022
  • Live, work or study in the MidCoast Council Local Government Area
  • Submit a valid nomination before the closing date of Sunday 26 June 2022

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