The Annual Yogie Awards (the YOGIES) recognise, celebrate, promote and reward outstanding practice in working with young people in the ACT and surrounding area. The YOGIES highlight the exceptional commitment, talent and innovation that exist in the youth sector.

Nominate an organisation, service, program, project or individual in one of eight YOGIE Award categories.

YOGIES HONOUR ROLL

Winners 2020

Companion House A Celebration of Culture and Respect

Young people participated in workshops over twelve months in which they discussed family violence, gender roles and hopes and messages about respectful relationships.These were opportunities to share information and listen to young people’s views and experiences. Young people also formed a Youth Advisory Group to help guide the project. While workshops were taking place young people spoke and gave feedback

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2020 Reconciliation Challenge Youth Engagement Team YWCA Canberra

The SRC program is an empowering and engaging approach to connecting identifying and nonidentifying students to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, in a meaningful way. The program creates a safe and encouraging space for young people to learn about connection to country and local Indigenous culture that is focused on knowledge sharing.Throughout the program, participants engage in a range

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Safe & Connected Youth Program

The Safe & Connected Youth Program is designed and targeted to address a known service gap in the ACT with underservicing and lack of support in accommodation for young people under the age of 16. This age cohort was identified in the 2004 ‘Breaking the cycle: ACT Homelessness Strategy’. This critical need was never adequately addressed in the ACT, whilst

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Canberra College Careers Department

There have been many challenges in 2020, and the Careers Department team have rapidly adjusted to new modes of connecting to students, quickly upskilling and adapting to increased use of technology. This involved collating several weeks of learning materials, making hard copies available online, and growing adoption of online systems to store content and manage interactions with students and parents.

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Next Step

Next Step program provides free psychological interventions to young people with mild to severe symptoms of a mental health condition, delivered in partnership with CatholicCare, Woden Community Services and CBT Institute. Common conditions treated include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Next Step service is the only one of its kind in Australia providing a fully integrated,

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Lisa Tolhurst

Lisa is a case manager for the Anglicare CYCLOPS young carers program. She has demonstrated commitment to young people by organising a young carers group drop-in program; successfully applying for grants for one off events; and devoting time and energy developing a strong network. While many staff have the ability to engage young people, Lisa also demonstrates qualities such as

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Ronny Kareni

Ronny Kareni is a special person for many reasons – several years living as a refugee and asylum seeker in Papua New Guinea have embedded an enthusiasm and passion in his soul. Ronny brings many superb qualities and skills to his new role as a Youth Worker in the Youth Engagement Team at Capital Region Community Service. Importantly, Ronny sees

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Michael Tabart

Michael has been a dedicated volunteer to many organisations including Anglicare, Vinnies, the Salvation Army and various churches. Michael’s dedication to the community and youth sector shows his passion for contributing back to others in need. Michael’s outlook on his contribution to the sector is that “if over the years if I have been able to influence a young person

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Hamish Guthrie

Hamish has held several roles within the Conflict Resolution Service, including Family Support Coordinator, Program Manager Family Support Program and more recently he has taken over as the Manager, Safe and Connected Youth Program (SACY). Prior to Hamish joining CRS, he was a tutor working with young people and it was here that Hamish could see how family conflict impacted

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Annie-Lea Rowley

Annie-Lea is a youth worker with the YWCA team. Over her six years working in the youth sector, Annie has demonstrated a commitment to supporting young people to develop their social-emotional development, as well as education. With a passion for teaching, Annie is highly skilled at communicating with young people to assess gaps in the youth sector and creating entirely

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Luke Tarlington

Luke Tarlington is the Mentoring Coordinator for the Take Hold Program. He co-runs the mentoring and living skills programs and provides case management for mentor matches and young clients. He also does front-line outreach and co-facilitation of living skills groups. His overall job entails phone, social media and face to face support of Take Hold clients, both mentees and mentors.

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Joshua White

Josh White is the Youth Engagement Coordinator for Capital Region Community Services. Josh leads a team of six youth workers, whilst providing support for other youth workers in the Belconnen region. He’s been a youth worker for over five years, and has been deservedly recognised for his excellent work as a previous winner of the Outstanding Youth Worker Award in

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Jayson Perrin

Jayson has been a youth worker in the ACT for over 17 years, beginning his career at Youth In The City in 2003, transitioning and naming the new civic Centre CLUB12/25. He was involved in implementing the first central intake system as a point of contact for homelessness and accommodation, naming this service FIRST POINT. Jayson has worked for Anglicare

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Sophie Trevitt

Sophie Trevitt is a solicitor, campaigner and advocate for reforming the justice system. She has extensive experience of campaigning, media and communications and working for national NGOs and as a senior staffer in both state and federal politics. Sophie worked as a lawyer in Alice Springs working with Aboriginal children in detention or in contact with the criminal justice system.

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The Yogie Awards are a Youth Coalition of the ACT initiative proudly supported by the Community Services Directorate, ACT Government.

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