Outstanding young Australians recognised in 2014 National Youth Awards

Media Release
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education today announced the winners of the 2014 National Youth Awards at a presentation dinner at the National Gallery of Australia.

“The National Youth Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s young people,” Senator Ryan said.

“The unique aspect of the Awards is that the finalists and winners are selected by a panel of young people. This means the finalists were judged by a panel of their peers.”

There are seven Award categories – Health and Wellbeing, Creating Pathways, Community Leadership, Safer Communities, Personal Courage, Cultural Understanding and Positive Media.

This year’s winners in their respective categories are:

  • Health and wellbeing:  Northern Territorian Evelyna Dhamarrandji, for her work establishing a programme to engage Indigenous women aged 17-30 years in fitness, healthy eating and good mental health.
  • Creating Pathways:  Victorian Jonathan Brown, who gives young Australians access to media platforms to help change the way they are represented in the media. This includes providing media training and educational support via Radio Adelaide.
  • Community Leadership Award: Western Australian Conrad Liveris, an advocate and actor supporting diversity and disadvantaged Australians. Conrad co-founded Street Smugglers, an initiative to link homeless people with services.
  • Safer Communities Award: New South Wales’ Jayde Ellis, an advocate for sexual and gender diversity who led the development of ‘Wear it Purple’ awareness day. The awareness day is now a fully-fledged national campaign.
  • Personal Courage Award: Queenslander Tylah Schmidt, who having experienced the negative effects of bullying, developed a video presentation based on her experience. The video has been well received and will be used in community anti-bullying campaigns.
  • Cultural Understanding Award: New South Wales’ Arif Khan, a young Afghan-Australian refugee committed to helping culturally diverse and disadvantaged people. Arif has established a media webpage to address cultural issues, which is now followed by 4000 Australians.
  • Positive Media Award: The winning article was ‘The Truth is Out There’ by Victorian Jo Davy. The article appeared in the lifestyle and property magazine The Weekly Review. Jo writes news features at the magazine and enjoys interviewing fascinating people.

Senator Ryan said the awards reflect this year’s National Youth Week theme ‘Our Voice. Our Impact.’

“This theme was chosen by the young members of the National Planning Group after they received suggestions from young Australians.

“Each of tonight’s winners, the finalists and all the young Australians involved in Youth Week can be proud that their voices are being heard through the contributions they are making to their communities,” Senator Ryan said.

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