The theme for Children’s Week this year is Article 12 of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: ‘Children’s views and opinions are respected. They have the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child and the right to be heard’.
The awards are designed to recognise the achievements and contributions of children and young people as well as the adults who make positive impacts on the lives of children and young people.
Both the 2017 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and the 2018 YAC put forward the categories for this year. There are seven award categories specific to children and young people and two award categories specific to adults.
Any children, young people and adults can nominate an inspiring individual, group, service or project that falls within the below award categories.
Children and young people awards
(Nominees must be children and young people under the age of 18)
- Community Art Award: For those who inspire through art including painting, drawing, digital art, photography, performance, dance and music.
- Bravery Award: For those who demonstrate a single act or ongoing acts of courage, strength or determination.
- Act of Kindness Award: For those who have or continue to offer acts of kindness by helping and supporting those around them.
- Giving Back to the Community Award: For those who give up their time for their community through volunteering, programs and every day behaviours.
- Environmental Award: For those who help support the environment through a range of acts, decisions and initiatives.
- Newly Arrived Migrant or Refugee Award: For those who have made a positive contribution to their local community, region or state.
- Voice Award: For those who use their voice to bring change, inform others, and raise awareness.
(Nominees must be adults over the age of 18)
- Inspiring Mentor Award: A person or group who supports, encourages and guides children and young people.
- Foster Parent/Guardian Award: A person who is committed to helping the lives of children and young people in out of home care.
A winner will be chosen for each award category (9 winners in total) and they will receive an award and GoPro camera.
Award winners ceremony
The award winners will receive their award and prize at a special award ceremony event which will celebrate their achievements. Awards and prizes will be presented by members of the NSW Children’s Week Committee and myself.
Note: Award winners will be notified in mid October and details for the award ceremony will be provided.
Nominations for awards close on Sunday 7 October 2018
For more information and to submit a nomination, click here.
Also, don’t forget that applications are open for the NSW Youth Advisory Council 2019. Click the link below for more information.