Outstanding Youth Led Project
in greater Western Sydney
in greater Western Sydney
This award category is proudly presented by ZEST Event Sponsor – Liverpool City Council.
- Must demonstrate how young people have developed and implemented the project from start to finish.
- Must provide evidence of the positive impact this project has achieved for the young people involved.
The Dawson 5 Experience
The Dawson 5 Experience is an innovative approach to creating memorable employment opportunities for young people. Led by the Blacktown Youth Advisory Committee, in consultation with students from local high schools, it provides youth with opportunities to create, explore and test employment experiences in a community space, building social capacity and employability skills. Activities spanned different contexts and venues in the region, and included youth week events, stage and sound management, the Humans of Blacktown social media campaign, a transition to school Hackathon, white card training, construction experience, game design and a pop-up restaurant in the heart of Dawson Mall in Mount Druitt.
Alofa Connections Inc Me & She High tea project
The Me & She High Tea project is a child sexual abuse awareness and prevention project that is run by and for Pacific Islander women and girls. The program held three events in 2018; approximately 75 people participated in the project. The need for culturally–specific programs in Pacific Communities has been clear, from the feedback and appreciative response. As part of the ‘working party’, young women learn leadership skills with each project and event they present. Team members gain a positive sense of community, and the wider Pacific community benefits from a new approach to challenging previously taboo topics.
‘Sheltered’ is a short film created by the community, including schools, council and community groups, brought together by actor Barkat Hussainizada, portraying himself. In this mini biopic, Barkat sought to create awareness around multiple aspects of his life, including the impact of discrimination and alienation at school and the lived experience of cultural diversity, bullying, harassment, and racism, and families who struggled with understanding an Australian lifestyle. The film was selected for Noosa International Film Festival and received a Premier’s Award, recognising the difference he made. The film’s story and themes resonate widely with people from all cultures and experiences.
The Sydney Pacifica Youth Leadership & Mentoring Program
Sydney Pacifica Youth Leadership & Mentoring Program works with young people from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Islander and New Zealand Maori backgrounds, from across the greater Western Sydney area, to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and shared history of the Indigenous people of the Pacific, New Zealand & Australia. Through a culturally–grounded leadership and mentoring program, young people are supported to learn about and reclaim their cultural heritage, origin stories and history in traditional mediums of song, dance, costume and spoken word. Attaining multiple awards and international recognition, this exceptional program supports growth of the young person’s sense of identity, culture and self-worth.