Guidelines - 2019
Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards
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 and 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 six categories:
- Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award;
- Personal Achievement Award;
- Individual Community Service Award;
- Environment and Sustainability Award;
- Arts and Multimedia Award; and
- Group Achievement Award.
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 2019 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year category will be presented with prize money of $2,000 thanks to our generous sponsors. Winners in all other categories will each receive a prize to the value of $1,000, thanks to the generosity of each category sponsor.
The Youth Engagement Team will work with the young people who are successful in winning 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 are sought in the following six categories selection criteria:
Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award
This award is sponsored by the ACT Youth Advisory Council (Youth InterACT) Beyond Bank Australia. This category recognises an individual who:
- is an exceptional role model; and/or
- has championed the values of youth issues in the ACT; and/or
- has significantly contributed to the ACT through personal efforts or being actively involved in the community.
Personal Achievement Award
This award is sponsored by Anglicare ACT. 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
- has championed the values of young people and/or a youth focussed organisation in the ACT community.
Individual Community Service Award
This award is sponsored by University of Canberra and Youth InterACT. This category recognises an individual who:
- has made a significant contribution to the promotion of community services in the ACT; and/or
- has championed and demonstrated the values of volunteering and community services in the ACT; and/or
- has shown exceptional commitment to ACT youth community services.
Environment and Sustainability Award
This award is sponsored by Riverview Group. 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 affected positive change at a local level.
Arts and Multimedia Award
This award is sponsored by QT Canberra. This category recognises an outstanding young creative individual and/or group of young people who:
- have excelled in the Arts, and/or
- have shown best practice in utilising art/ multimedia/ social media to promote and express youth issues in the ACT; and/or
- have used art/multimedia to empower and inspire young people in the ACT; and/or
- have used or created social media platforms that inspire or empower young people.
Group Achievement Award
This award is traditionally sponsored by Australian Catholic University. This category recognises a group/team/organisation that:
- has delivered initiatives that promote and benefit young people in the ACT community; and/or
- has championed the values and needs of young people in the ACT; and/or
- has maximised existing or provided new opportunities and services to young people in the ACT community.
Nominations open: Saturday 19 January 2019
Nominations close: Monday 18 March 2019
How to Nominate
All nomination are completed online via SmartyGrants website
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.
Assistance and Support
The Youth InterACT Team is available to provide support or assistance to complete a nomination form or further information is required. The Team can be contacted on 62053064 or via email at Youthinteract@act.gov.au
Please consider the following when submitting a nomination:
- An individual and/or group can be nominated for more than one category, with each nomination requiring a separate nomination form to be completed per category.
- Please make sure you clearly indicate the award category you are submitting a nomination in.
- You can provide additional supporting material to strengthen the application. We encourage nominators to share as much information as possible.
- 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.
An independent selection panel comprising representatives with relevant expertise in each category will be convened by the ACT Youth InterACT Team to assess the nominations.
The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards will be presented by the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth at an awards ceremony during Youth Week 2019.