Youth Recognition Awards 2022

Nominations open. Youth Recognition Awards 2022.

Young people are valuable members of our community. They offer unique perspectives, talents and vibrancy which benefit the broader communities in our region. Young people often face challenges that require resilience, creativity and positivity and they demonstrate strengths and abilities to overcome them.

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

The Youth Recognition Awards 2022 will be held during SA Youth Week on the evening of Monday, May 16 at Port Noarlunga Arts Centre. The event will be invitation only to nominees, family members of nominees, delegates and elected members. Further information on this will be provided closer to the date.

We receive nominations for the awards from a range of sources including teachers, parents, youth workers and community service leaders. We thank the nominators for their time in making nominations and congratulate the young people nominated for their outstanding personal and community contributions and achievements.

In 2022, the award categories below are open for nominations for young people aged 8 to 25:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Business & Social Enterprise: An award to recognise young people who have turned their ideas into business and social enterprise. Recognising young people who are innovative thinkers and change makers.

  • Youth Worker of the Year: A brand new category 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.
    (Onkaparinga Council employees are not eligible.)

Submissions for this award will be assessed against a selection criteria for those that have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the wellbeing, participation and capacity building of young people.
  • Act as a role models for their peers and excelled at building positive relationships with young people.
  • Made significant improvement in policy and practices in engagement, participation and capacity building of young people in the local community.

Nominations close Thursday 21 April at 9pm.

Submit nomination

Youth Art Competition!

Calling all young artists living in Onkaparinga! We are inviting artists aged 8-25 to submit entries into our 2022 Youth Recognition Awards Art Competition! Up to $200 worth of art supplies is up for grabs as well as the opportunity to have your work on display the evening of our Youth Recognition Awards.

This year we are looking for artwork that responds to the question “What matters to young people?” Your artwork can be about anything from mental health, the environment or the places and things you enjoy most!

To submit your artwork simply share your artwork on Insta along with the hashtag #YRA2022 and tag @OnkaparingaYouth. Don’t have Instagram? No worries! Click on the link below to submit your artwork.

Submit Artwork

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