Award Categories 2020

Award Categories 2020

Nominate an organisation, service, program, project or individual in one of eight YOGIE Award categories Winners will be announced and awarded at the Award Ceremony on Friday 25th October.

These awards for an organisation, service, program or project who works with and/or for young people in the ACT and surrounding region. Organisations may nominate themselves, or another organisation. We also encourage young people to submit testimonials to support a nomination.

1. Outstanding Achievement in Youth Participation

This award recognises an organisation, service, program or project that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to developing meaningful partnerships with young people.

The winner will have demonstrated best practice principles for youth participation: meaningful, appropriate, effective and beneficial to young people. Through these practices the young people involved will have their views and contributions heard and actioned. Young people have benefited and their contribution, ideas and energies are valued.

2. Innovation in Service Delivery

This award recognises an organisation, service, program or project that has demonstrated exceptional “thinking outside the square” to create beneficial change for young people.

The winner will have identified new ideas, programs and/or practices that have been useful in working with young people, the community sector, government, business and/or the broader community. A main driver for innovation may have been their courage and energy to create a better society for young people. This process will have involved converting knowledge and ideas into improved ways of working, which are valued by young people and the community.

3. Excellence in Implementation of Evidence Informed Practice

This award recognises an organisation, service, program or project that has implemented practice or policies which have been informed by evidence and/or evaluation leading to the improvement of practice with young people.

The winner will have demonstrated their commitment to implementing the findings of research and/or evaluations into practice and/or policy. This may include changes to existing programs or the implementation of new program or policy. e.g. responding to an identified need, implementing and responding to the findings of an evaluation, drawing on the findings of research to inspire change within an organisation or practice.

Nominations must provide references to the relevant research and/or evaluation that has informed the development of the practice or policy.

These awards for an individual who works with and/or for young people in the ACT and surrounding region. Individuals may nominate themselves. We also encourage young people to nominate themselves, or to submit testimonials to support nominations.

1. Outstanding Youth Worker

This award recognises an individual youth worker who has demonstrated their exceptional commitment to supporting young people through their ethical, participatory and strengths-based practice

The winner will have demonstrated their excellence through placing young people and their interests first. The youth worker engages in relational practice, and considers the young people in their context and history. This individual exemplifies practice that empowers, advocates for and facilitates young people’s independence, participation in society, connectedness and realisation of their rights.

2. Youth Work Champion

This award recognises an individual youth worker who, while demonstrating excellence in supporting young people, has also displayed an outstanding commitment to developing and improving their individual practice and the work of the youth sector. 

The winner will have demonstrated their exceptional commitment to supporting young people through changing systems, and advancing the rights and well-being of young people by advocating for social justice. They might be a youth worker who has participated in and/or led practice development, mentored new workers, or worked to promote the practice of youth work. This worker has contributed to the lives of young people, youth workers and the sector.

3. Outstanding New Talent

This award recognises an individual youth worker, youth work trainee or volunteer that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the well-being of young people. 

The winner will have demonstrated a commitment to working with young people and to their ongoing learning, professional development or self-improvement. They will have made an important contribution to young people and the youth sector with their energy and enthusiasm. 

Nominees for this award will have begun working in the ACT youth sector within the past two years.

4. Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognises an individual who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to supporting and improving the well-being of young people in the ACT.

The winner will be an individual who has worked with and for young people over a number of years (over 12 years) to advance their status in society. They may have had a series of positions in the community and government sectors. They will be regarded as a senior practitioner in the field who is highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced.

5. Outstanding Contribution to Young People

This award recognises an outstanding individual who rarely receives recognition for their integral work which supports young people and/or the youth sector.

The winner will be someone who works to improve the well-being of young people in the ACT, who is not in a youth work role. They could be someone who works ‘behind the scenes’ in the sector, or outside of the traditional youth work context to support young people. They might be a coach, mentor, program manager, volunteer, or someone who works in an administrative capacity, such as an office manager or book-keeper.