Celebrating YOUth Awards Night

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Nominations are now open!

Our annual youth-led awards night celebrates the contributions and achievements of young people in the Yarra Ranges.

The night will be hosted by young people and will include:
  • inspiring speeches
  • performances
  • personal stories
  • presentations
  • food
  • celebration
On the night the Mayor will be in attendance.


Event Details

Date: 4th December
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Civic Centre, 15 Anderson Street, Lilydale.


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Award categories

Resilience & Perseverance

A group or individual who has shown great character and persevered in a time of great challenge or adversity.

Young Entrepreneur

A group or individual who has shown resourcefulness, creative thinking and ambition by starting a small business or project.

School or Community Improvement

A group or individual who has given their time and energy to activities that positively impact their school or community.

Passionate Advocate

A group or individual who stands up for something. or creates awareness on an issue they strongly believe in.

Arts, Music & Culture

A group or individual pursuing their passion for creative arts, music or culture.


To be eligible for an award, the nominee/s must:

  • be aged between 12-25 years
  • either live, work, study or volunteer in Yarra Ranges
A nomination can be made by friends, family, a professional or you can even nominate yourself!

You can nominate and individual or a group for an award.

We will contact all nominees before the event. Please make sure to receive consent from the nominee to provide their personal details before submitting a nomination.

Our assessment panel will decide the award winners after nominations have closed.

There will be one winner, and one honourable mention per category.

Each award recipient will receive a gift, voucher and certificate for their achievement.

During the night, nominees will also be recognised for their contribution.


Nominations close 22nd October 2023.


For any questions please contact Kirsten Malseed (Youth Development Officer) by:

Phone: 0472 629 784 (Kirsten)

Celebrating YOUth Awards Night is supported by the Victorian Government through the Engage! Program.


2022 Award winners

Resilience Award - Biak Hlei Par Kung

Biak won this award for her admirable perseverance in the face of adversity and difficulty. Biak is a Burmese refugee, and having arrived in Australia with very limited English skills and missing several years of formal education, she had to work much harder than her peers to catch up and keep up. Not only has she experienced hardship, she has maintained a positive mindset and work ethic, determined to use her education to help her family and community.

Young Entrepreneur Award – OBG Productions

During covid, Blaise, Oskar and Geordie started their own video production company. Noticing a gap in the market for local talented videographers, they seized the opportunity and created OBG Productions. Through their skill, professionalism, and hard work, they have not only fulfilled but exceeded customer expectations. They go above and beyond, are incredibly accomplished and produce exceptional work. They’re on their way to building an empire.  

Community Improvement Award – Rural Rainbows Volunteers

Harry, Teddy, Jessy, Kirsten and Razz have been awarded for their volunteer work with the Rural Rainbows peer support group, facilitating fortnightly groups for LGBTQIA+ young people in the Yarra Ranges. They have helped create a safe inclusive space for young people to be themselves, make friends, gain self confidence, and have fun. They are great role-models and display strong leadership skills, respect and validation to best support the well-being of LGBTQIA+ young people in the region. 

Passionate Advocate Award - Telita Lenore

Telita is very passionate about making things fair, especially around indigenous issues. Using her passion and knowledge, she contributed to the Youth Parliament group and helped write the Bill that all schools should have mandatory Reconciliation Action Plans. While dealing with her own personal challenges and adversity, she always faces things with a positive attitude. 

Environmental Sustainability Award – Candice Farrugia-Roberts

Candice was nominated for her advocacy efforts toward meaningful environmental inclusion for young people. Alongside her studies in Botany, she draws attention to the issue of litter by being a litter fairy and tries in a multitude of other ways to impact the environment and community around her in a positive way.  


Creative Arts Award - Hayden Pierson

Hayden won the Creative Arts award for his dedicated work with the Misfit Project, an organisation that gives creative youth an outlet. Hayden has been heavily involved in the Misfits theatre programs, campaigns, and camps. He is a passionate individual when it comes to creativity, self-expression, youth voice, and encouraging others self-confidence through creative pathways.


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