Betty Makin Youth Awards

Betty Makin Youth Awards

2018 award winners

The City of Sydney congratulates the winners of the 2018 Betty Makin Youth Awards.

An inspirational youth advocate, a resilient college student and a dedicated Glebe youth worker are among the young Sydneysiders and youth workers applauded for their contribution to the community. 

Named after the late dedicated community leader and activist, Betty Makin, the awards recognise the importance of participation and service in Sydney’s local communities. They encourage young people aged 12 to 25, and those who work with young people, to play an important role in building stronger, healthier communities.

The awards include 5 individual categories for resilience, creativity, community mindedness, Rookie of the Year and Hall of Fame, as well as a group award for outstanding partnership. 

Individual award winners each received a $500 scholarship for use towards educational, vocational and community projects by young people. 

Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Miller and Councillor Linda Scott presented awards at Redfern Town Hall on Tuesday 17 April. 


For more information about the Betty Makin Youth Awards, please contact:

Lorraine Ventura
Youth Team Leader
02 8512 8771

Pictured above: 2018 award winners (from left) Kylie Fitzmaurice from Weave Youth and Community Services and Andrea Stone from NSW Drug Health Services, Outstanding Partnership of the Year; Katie Vellins, Creative Award; Genevieve Sheehan, Community-minded Award; Mariana Tana, Resilient Award; Jamie Alford, Hall of Fame Award; Habil Mawardi, Rookie of the Year Award.

Youth scholarship award winners

Resilient Award – Mariana Tana

Mariana TanaMariana is completing her studies at SEDA College and has overcome hardships to continue studying at school. She is determined to help others around her and create a positive outlook on life. The challenges that Mariana has overcome in her short life and the way she manages her physical and emotional health is nothing short of amazing. Mariana was credited for her resilience and incredible determination and positivity. 

Community-minded Award – Genevieve Sheenan 

Genevieve SheehanGenevieve has recently returned from Bangalore, India where she led a team of Australian university students in setting up an English education after-school learning centre. Genevieve also has previous experience in UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene programs and is interested in furthering her experiences with the programs in the future.

Creative Award – Katie Vellins 

Katie VellinsKatie created a safe space for young people to explore their journey of mental health and addiction during Mental Health Month in October 2017 with Weave’s Mad Pride event. She created an enlightening exhibition allowing viewers to gain an understanding of what it is like to experience addiction and mental health challenges. Her work has been inspirational and incredibly therapeutic for other young people. Katie is also a Weave youth advocate and has participated in a number of events in the Woolloomooloo and Waterloo communities to help build a stronger, more connected community.

Youth worker award winners

Hall of Fame Award – Jamie Alford 

Jamie AlfordJamie is a social worker with a long history in the youth sector. He spent many years at Barnardo’s supporting and advocating for young people in the juvenile justice system. Jamie then moved on to Marist Youth Care in western Sydney and then to Legal Aid where he has been working for the past couple of years. He works mainly in the children’s civil law service supporting young people with complex needs. Jamie is a reliable person who always goes above and beyond to achieve good outcomes for his clients.

Rookie of the Year Award – Habil Mawardi 

Habil MawardiA youth worker with Glebe Youth Service, Habil Mawardi has been recognised for his effective and enthusiastic support work for young people in Glebe. Habil has shown tremendous dedication, skills and ingenuity in engaging at risk teenage males in the Glebe area. Having grown up in Glebe, Habil has a great deal of understanding and empathy for the challenges faced by local young people. One of Habil's greatest abilities is to listen to what young people need and develop programs and services accordingly. He has established a fitness program as part of a pro-bono partnership with a local F45 gym.

Outstanding Partnership of the Year Award – Speak Out Dual Diagnosis program

Weave Youth and Community Services & NSW Drug Health Service representativesWeave Youth and Community Services partnered with NSW Drug Health Services for the Speak Out Dual Diagnosis program. The program supports young people aged 12 to 28 years who are experiencing coexisting mental health and substance use challenges with practical and therapeutic support. NSW Drug Health Service nurse practitioner, Andrea Stone, got involved in the program to enhance its capacity to provide young people with specific support. This partnership helped to remove barriers that may prevent young people accessing support in traditional health services and systems. Reluctance and fear attached to hospital and clinical settings are reduced and young people are better able to access care as a result of the program.

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2018