The Annual YOGIE Awards – 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.


December 17th from 11am to 1 pm

Nominations Close 12th November

In 2021, we are celebrating eighteen years of the Yogies.

Awards are presented in 9 categories that recognise the work of groups and individuals, with young people, workers, individuals, programs and services invited to provide nominations.

A judging panel, comprised of a representative from the Youth Coalition; a representative from the Community Services Directorate; and a representative from the youth and community sector, determines the Award winners, with the exclusion of the Staff Acknowledgement Award (which is identified by the Youth Coalition staff team).

A commendation may be awarded when a nomination has been received that the judging panel believe deserves recognition. We invite you to get involved in promoting the great work of the ACT Youth Sector by sharing your comments and congratulations using #YOGIES2021



Read over the different award categories and choose which one best suits your nomination.


Check over everything the judges will consider within the nomination category before you starting the nomiation process.


Need some inspiration? Check out the YOGIES honour roll below for previous winner profiles.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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,


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


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


Anet Marinov – The Junction

Anet has been working in the sector for 26 years, yet remains humble, passionate and empathetic in her work. Anet’s passion for supporting young people


Ciara Duggan YWCA

Ciara continually strives to see the best in every situation, they are silver lining royalty! If only 3 young people turn up to a program


Zakia Patel YMCA Youth Space

Zakia has created a thriving Youth Space (opened 28 Feb), with more than 900 visits to date (only open on two days per week), from


Cindylee Young Woden Community Service

Cindylee embodies and demonstrates the characteristic qualities of an Outstanding Youth Worker. Cindylee demonstrates time and time again of her passion and commitment to young

Families ACT

Families ACT are the peak body which aims to represent the interests of children, young people and families and the continuum of services which support

Umair Qureshi, Anglicare

The Anglicare Youth Engagement Program (YEP) provides an alternative education support model for young people aged 14-19 years of age who have become disengaged from

Olivia Hatfield, Anglicare

Liv started with Anglicare in March 2017 working as a Youth Worker in two programs, The Junction Youth Health Service and Y-Engage. As a Youth


Trevor Preston

Trevor Preston is a youth support officer at Lyneham High School, and is a qualified youth worker and librarian. He is committed to the development


James Small

James Small is a Youth Support Worker at Belconnen Community Service. Despite being new to the sector, James is a man in demand; with his


Mari Benson

Mari Benson is a Youth Worker at Barnardos ACT Together. She has been working in Out of Home Care for the last 5 years, but


PCYC Adventure Program

The Canberra PCYC Adventure program is an early intervention program for vulnerable young people who are disengaged from education, engaged in anti-social behaviour, and are


Bryan Duke

Bryan Duke began working in the homelessness sector in the mid 1990’s, running a soup kitchen in the old Griffin Centre, and in the youth


Susan Pellegrino

Susan Pellegrino has been involved in the youth sector over a number of years, and is a long term supporter and collaborator of the work


Adam Shirley & Ainslie Macgibbon

Adam Shirley is the ‘Mornings’ presenter on ABC Radio Canberra, and Ainslie Macgibbon is a journalist and part of the production team for ‘Mornings with


Joshua White

Joshua White is a youth worker at Kingsford Smith School, and for Josh, the students at his school always come first. He approaches students with


Jessica Cristallo

Jessica Cristallo is a youth worker and support worker at Canberra PCYC. She was training to be a teacher, then entered the youth sector after


Ben Shippard

Ben Shippard is a volunteer with headspace Canberra. He has been on the headspace Youth Reference Group for the last four years, and volunteers 2-3


Hayden Page

Hayden Page is the Team Leader of the Youth Engagement Team based at Woden Youth Centre. He is a welcoming personality to every young person

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

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