Youth Recognition Awards 2024

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Annually the Onkaparinga Youth Committee assist in delivering the Youth Recognition Awards - where young people aged 8 to 25 are recognised, celebrated and honoured for their outstanding actions in improving their communities, self and securing their futures.  

Nominations are open Monday 29 January until Monday 26 February, 5pm. An invite only ceremony will be held during SA Youth Week at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre, the evening of Monday March 18.

Please read the nomination categories below and consider nominating that awesome young person doing great things in your community! For any enquiries or questions, email youth@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Nomination categories:

  • Learning Success: A category for young people who have achieved significant academic success whether it be ‘getting the grade’, mentoring other young people to do so or showcased excellence in learning new skills.
  • Personal Achievement: This category shines a light on those who have overcome adversity and shown resilience through personal hardship to overcome the many challenges life can throw at young people.
  • Contribution to Community: An award that acknowledges the young people who give extra time back to community groups, schools and other programs that benefit the people of Onkaparinga.
  • Business, Employment & Social Enterprise: An award to recognise young people who have turned their ideas into business and social enterprise as well as acknowledging those young people who have worked hard to secure employment. This one is for the hard workers, innovative thinkers and change makers!
  • Onkaparinga Youth Worker of the Year: This category returns again this year. To be eligible for this award the nominated person can be of any age but must work with young people from the Onkaparinga area. 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 cultural sector. You do not have to be a ‘youth worker’ per say to be nominated in this category!

Submit your nomination

Onkaparinga Youth Committee (OYC)

The OYC is the organising body for the Youth Recognition Awards and consists of young people aged 12-25 years who are passionate about playing an active role in their community. The awards were developed by the OYC as a way of celebrating the valuable contributions young people make to our community.

For more information about the OYC.

If you would like to be a part of the Onkaparinga Youth Committee you can keep an eye on our website for when applications are open.

If you would like more information about the Youth Recognition Awards or the OYC please contact Joshua Stokes, Community Development Youth Coordinator at youth@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

2023 Award Winners

The 2023 Youth Recognition Awards were held during SA Youth Week on the evening of Monday, March 27 at Port Noarlunga Arts Centre. Nominations opened in January for the five award categories and closed on March 1 2023.

More than 70 nominations were received across five categories, and the recipients below were honoured following performances from All Saints Catholic Primary School and Carclew’s Expressway Arts, and a greeting to Country from Yellaka's Karl Winda Telfer, who spoke of the importance of recognising young people and their achievements.

Download our 2023 Youth Recognition Award brochure(PDF, 2MB)

Find out more about the recipients.

Learning Success

Learning Success: A category for young people who have achieved significant academic success whether it be ‘getting the grade’, mentoring other young people to do so or showcased excellence in learning new skills.

Molly Eve Day (Winner, 2023)
Molly has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and received outstanding grades, resulting in an offer for her to undertake an honours degree in psychology in 2023. Molly has a keen interest in neurology and psychology, which compliments her role as an Ability Support Volunteer with City of Onkaparinga's Disability Program. Molly supports adults living with an acquired brain injury with a variety of projects at Elizabeth House's Shed Program, as well as evening events and day programs. Molly is a strong compassionate advocate who effortlessly develops rapport, gains trust, and uses humour and empathy.

Personal Achievement

Personal Achievement: This category shines a light on those who have overcome adversity and shown resilience through personal hardship to overcome the many challenges life can throw at young people.

Aella Kilgannon (Winner, 2023)
Aella has been a full-time carer for her mother and sister for the past seven years. Aella doesn't have any transport and manages her own health concerns while juggling her caring role and seeking employment. Aella is also enrolled in a Certificate III in Community Services. Despite all these challenges, Aella volunteers at the Aldinga Community Centre twice a week and is a much-loved member of the team who is extremely capable in her administration role.

Contribution to Community

Contribution to Community: An award that acknowledges the young people who give extra time back to community groups, schools and other programs that benefit the people of Onkaparinga.

Mia Weston (Winner, 2023)
An active member of Marion Swimming Club, Mia was chosen to represent South Australia for swimming at a meet in Brisbane in August 2022. She's raised money via cake sales for Hutt Street Centre at her Happy Valley school, and she's currently fundraising for the Starlight Foundation, with a goal to swim 200km with her friends and raise $1000 for sick children across the country.

Business, Employment and Social Enterprise

Business, Employment and Social Enterprise: An award to recognise young people who have turned their ideas into business and social enterprise as well as acknowledging those young people who have worked hard to secure employment. This one is for the hard workers, innovative thinkers and change makers!

Alexa Seidel (Winner, 2023)
Budding entrepreneur and philanthropist Alexa, 11 has created a business 'That's My Bin', which sells decorative and durable stickers to brighten people's rubbish bins. She has a great selection of colours and font types at very reasonable prices, and has received orders from across Australia, running the business with the help of her sisters, Mikayla and Indy. Alexa always donates a percentage of her sales to various charities, having already donated thousands since starting the business in June 2022.

Onkaparinga Youth Worker of the Year

Onkaparinga Youth Worker of the Year: This category returns again this year. To be eligible for this award the nominated person can be of any age but must work with young people from the Onkaparinga area. 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 cultural sector. You do not have to be a ‘youth worker’ per say to be nominated in this category!

Matt Peters (Winner, 2023)
Matt has been working at Aberfoyle Park's Seeds Uniting Church for six years in the Friday youth program, currently working there two days a week. Matt joined Aberfoyle Park High School in 2020 as its pastoral care worker, and he's a huge support for students, particularly for young boys at risk. Matt runs a breakfast club two mornings a week, and a games session at lunchtime. He has great relationships with students and is well-respected in the community.