Betty Makin Youth Awards

Betty Makin Youth Awards

2016 award winners

Deputy Lord Mayor Irene Doutney presented the 2016 Betty Makin Youth Awards on Tuesday 12 April as part of Youth Week in the City. The awards celebrate the positive contributions of young people as well as the people who work with them in the City of Sydney's local area.

Youth scholarships were awarded in 4 categories:

  • Resilience: Individual or group that has accomplished great success while facing personal challenges and displayed resilience and perseverance.
  • Creative: Individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the community through drama, visual arts, digital media, literature, music and/or other art forms.
  • Culturally aware: Individual or group that has significantly contributed to cultural life in their communities and promoted the value of diversity.
  • Community-minded: Individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the local community, and has been a positive or inspirational role model.

And 3 new worker awards categories were introduced in 2016:

  • Hall of Fame
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Outstanding Partnership of the Year.

Read more about the winners below the image gallery.

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Main image: The EducatED perform at the 2016 Betty Makin Youth Awards presentation night.

Youth scholarship awards

Resilience – Daniel Green, 18 

Over the past year Daniel has been highly involved with CREATE Foundation to improve the lives of young people who share his experience of being a young person in care.

Daniel participates in the foundation's youth advisory group which provides feedback on young people's experiences to policy-makers. At forums attended by key stakeholders, youth workers, case managers and representatives from peak bodies he has recommended improvements to the out-of-home-care sector for young people.

Creative – Miranda Samuels, 24

In the past 5 years Miranda has made significant contributions within the field of art education to marginalised and at-risk young people.

Using her own initiative through the creation of a number of dynamic and successful community-based mentor programs, she has provided alternative art education for young people who are disengaged from education or at-risk of disengaging, homeless or have drug and alcohol dependency issues.

Culturally aware – Lana Kavakura, 16

Lana was nominated for the award because she is passionate at learning about her own culture as well as other cultures.

She is a member of the Redfern Pacific Islander Dance Group. The group is run by local community members who teach dance and culture.

Community-minded – Celeste Carnegie, 22 

Celeste is a young Juru Aboriginal/South Sea Islander woman from the Birrigubba nation, Burdekin, far north Queensland.

She moved to Sydney 18 months ago to complete a communications diploma at the University of Technology, Sydney. She arrived knowing almost no-one and she was able to gain employment at both the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence. Celeste is a former elite netball player and currently works across all programs at the sporting academy. She also provides in-class cultural support for school children in the local area.

Youth worker awards

Rookie of the Year – Lincoln Smith

Lincoln was nominated for his outstanding engagement with young people who sleep rough in the local area.

He is motivated by his passion to support young people to realise their potential. He is innovative, flexible, creative and resilient. Despite being in a more senior position in a previous role, Lincoln has returned to grassroots work because he recognises more experience is required to make lasting change on the frontline.

Hall of Fame – Shane Brown

Shane started in the industry in 1976 as the first outreach youth worker for South Sydney Youth Services. From there the organisation grew into Weave Youth and Community Services in 2011 providing 10 programs.

The service reaches 4,000 people and provides 1,500 case work/counselling/support services each year. Shane is a very passionate and professional worker who is actively involved in the City of Sydney Youth Interagency as an executive member. He is always looking to collaborate with other organisations and to improve the sector.

Outstanding Partnership – Launchpad Youth Community

The team seeks to work in partnership with over 20 agencies to find solutions to complex issues facing young people. It has supported hundreds of young people in the local area from becoming homeless and helped young people get off the street.

Launchpad Youth Community leads the way in the sector with innovative projects such as share housing for young people and engaging with real estate agencies. It is open, frank and fearless in its efforts to reduce homelessness and bring people on the journey with them, embodying best practice models of youth work.  

Last updated: Wednesday, 13 April 2016