Nominations for 2015 National Youth Awards by Conrad Liveris
Conrad Liveris was last year’s winner of the Community Leadership Award and is a keen advocate and actor in supporting diversity and the disadvantaged across Australia. In late 2012 Conrad co-founded Street Smugglers, a homeless initiative. Conrad was able to change perceptions around homelessness and also connect homeless people with adequate services. This initiative has reached thousands of people across Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to enhance the understanding of poverty in Australia. Conrad is focused on gender equality and intergenerational issues and how they impact Australia.
The 21st century is an exciting place to be a young person. The world we live in is dynamic; rapidly changing and evolving. We are true drivers of positive change, both in Australia and throughout the world. Together, we are addressing critical global issues and tackling inequality head-on, wherever we see it.
‘Gen-Y’ sometimes gets a bad wrap. But I am certainly proud to be part of a generation that is focused on developing solutions to the many critical issues facing the global community today.
We are extremely fortunate to grow up in an education system that supports and nurtures the unique talents and abilities of each individual. These young people will become leaders of their peer groups and within their communities, and take practical direct action to make a positive difference to the lives of those around them.
The National Youth Awards are a way of recognizing the amazing work that young people do across Australia.
Nominations for the 2015 awards are now open, and I encourage my fellow young Australians, aged 12 to 25 to nominate themselves, or nominate a friend in one of the following award categories: Youth Safety Award; Youth Courage Award; Youth Culture and Diversity Award; Youth Employment Award; Youth Health Award; Youth Leadership Award and Youth in Media Award.
From my experience, what makes these awards unique and especially valued by their recipients is that they are judged by a selection panel made up exclusively of young people. Acknowledgement from your peers is a powerful affirmation that the work you are doing is important.
Standing alongside so many exceptional Australians, while receiving the Community Leadership Award (now the Youth Leadership Award) earlier this year, was a great honour. I am not one to put up my hand for an accolade. I prefer just getting on with it. I am sure you all know someone who deserves recognition for their continued efforts. You ought to put their name forward.
A friend did that for me, and I am very grateful.
Winning the award allowed me to bring attention to the issues I care about and to discuss them with different audiences. Sometimes we are given opportunities and accolades and must do more with them than is expected.
Chances are that if you’re reading this, you are active and contributing to your community. Give someone the support and put their name forward.
Finally, I am excited to be a member of the 2015 National Youth Awards selection panel, and I have no doubt that I will be inspired by the nominations!