Youth Awards

The Mildura Rural City Council Youth Awards have been established to recognise young people between 12 to 25 years of age, for their achievements and contributions to the community.

Award Categories and Criteria

Community Participation Award

This award recognises young people, or groups of young people, who have showed leadership in their community. This includes young people or groups who provide a positive and rewarding service to young people in their community, demonstrate excellence in leadership skills and are making a positive impact in their community, promote and ensure safety of young people in the greater community or make a positive difference to the environment. '

This may be demonstrated through the following:

  • Shown that the welfare of their community and the people within it, is at the heart of what they do; volunteer their time generously, willingly and selflessly, or actively contribute towards the positive development of their community
  • Shown leadership, commitment and positive role-modelling within their chosen community whether that be sports, arts, education and other community-based activities

Endurance and Persistence

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated personal growth and endurance to overcome hardships or to achieve their goals.

This may be demonstrated but is not limited to any of the following:

  • Family
  • Culture
  • Sexual orientation
  • Geographic Location
  • Long term unemployment
  • Health
  • Disability
  • Education  

Youth Worker of the Year

This award recognises a Youth Worker that has demonstrated commitment to the wellbeing, participation and capacity-building within their role. Workers include, but are not limited to, Police, Child Protection, Health, Education, Youth Work and Youth Services, including those working with young people in the sports and recreation and arts and culture sector. 

This may be demonstrated through the following:

  • Act as role model for their peers and excelled at building positive relationships with young people
  • Made significant improvement in policy and practice in engagement

Nominations for the 2022 Youth Awards are now closed.

For more information

For more information or assistance with the nomination application please contact the Youth Development Officer, Barbara Clifford on (03) 5018 8100 or email   

Previous Award Winners


Youth Worker of the Year – Dominic Eggmolesse-Smith
Community Participation Award – Caitlin Vine
Endurance and Persistence – Georgia Phillips


Youth Volunteer Award - Sophie McAliece
Youth Group Award - All Abilities football coaching team
Youth Carer Award - Martin Zigashane
Youth Artist Award - Sophia Craig


Youth Artist Award - Loughie Kemp


Most Outstanding Young Carer Award - Lily Bruhn

Youth Volunteer Award Joint Winners - Jarrod Searle and Cheyenne Cochrane



Youth Community Group Award – HomeBase