2019 Youth Awards

The Youth Awards are returning for 2019.

The annual Youth awards, now in it's third year, are the Volunteer Youth Ambassadors (VYA) flagship event. The VYA is a group of 12 college aged students from each of the high schools in the district. Their role is to provide a voice for youth in Council. 

This year the awards will be held on July 5, at the Kaimai Cheese Cafe in Waharoa. Networking starts at 6.30pm, and the event kicks off at 7pm.  

This years ambassadors, chaired by Morrinsville College deputy head girl Ruby Stevens, are excited to be planning the event, which will include significant changes to previous years.

This year the event will only have six awards, including Employee, Environmental, Cultural Contribution, Overcoming Adversity, Music/Arts and Entrepeneur and Innovation. The awards line up will include the addition of a Mayor's Wild Card award.

People cannot be nominated for the Wild Card award, the winner will be chosen by an independant judge from every nomination received and they will receive two airfares to Wellington where they will attend Festival for the Future - an exciting weekend of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels and workshops.  

"Festival for the Future is a fantastic opportunity for any young person," said Mayor Jan Barnes. "The lucky winner will be given the opportunity to connect with emerging leaders from a range of sectors, network and hear from and be encouraged by some amazing speakers. 

"This opportunity will really give a young person the opportunity to flourish and grow into the person they want to become - help them find their place in the world. I am excited the VYA are able to give someone this opportunity." 

Nominations have closed and judging is currently underway.