Media Statement: Local MP encourages applications for Youth Awards 2016

Electorate news
Friday, March 11, 2016

Local MP Louise Upston encourages locals to nominate outstanding young people within the community, who have made a real difference for youth and youth affairs for a 2016 Youth Award.

“These awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate young people across seven categories for their contribution to our community,” Ms Upston said.

Nominations close on 18 April and winners of the 2016 Youth Awards will be announced at an official ceremony at Parliament on 24 May.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for you to put forward someone who is making a difference.

“By volunteering and leading significant projects in our community, young people are not only making a positive contribution, they are building essential skills and attributes for their future.

“Since becoming the MP for Taupo 8 years ago, I have met some outstanding young people here in the Taupo electorate and this is an opportunity to recognise them”, Ms Upston said.

It would be great to see some of our young people nominated this year and potentially get the chance to be a recipient of one of these awards.  There are up to five recipients for each award. I know we have some superstars here in the Taupo electorate who deserve recognition for their dedication and commitment within the community.

“National believes in supporting young Kiwis to develop their decision-making, leadership, and innovation,” Ms Upston said.

Find out how to make a nomination here.

2016 Youth Awards categories

Recipients are chosen by a panel including young people.

Change Maker Award

For young people who have created positive change:

  • to foster cultural understanding in their community (Cultural Change Maker)
  • in or for the LGBTI community (LGBTI Change Maker)
  • which results in a safer environment for young people in their community (Community Safety Change Maker).

Leadership Award

For young people who’ve demonstrated leadership in a project or organisation.

Giving Back Award

For young people whose actions address a current need and have had a significant impact on their community.

Working for Youth Award

For young people whose actions specifically support other young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, environment or sport.

Youth with Disability Award

For young people with a disability who’ve made a significant contribution to the disability sector and/or their community.

Youth Group Award

For a group of young people who’ve made a significant contribution to their community in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, environment or sport.

Youth Champion Award

For an individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to their community in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, education, environment, health, research or sport.

ENDS.

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