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Do you know an inspirational young Canberran?

December 02, 2019

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards, celebrating young people aged 12 to 25 years in Canberra.

The Awards recognise individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution through personal endeavours or who are actively involved in the ACT community.

Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Rachel Stephen-Smith said that the Awards provide a platform to recognise inspirational and dedicated young people in our city.

“I am constantly impressed by the drive and imagination of the young people I meet. It is important to acknowledge the great work of younger Canberrans and recognise the role they play in creating a fairer and more inclusive Canberra.

“If you know a young person or group making a real difference in our community, get involved and nominate them for Young Canberra Citizen of the Year,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.

This year, nominations can be made in seven categories:

  • Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Achiever Award
  • Individual Community Service Award
  • Environmental and Sustainability Award
  • Personal Achievement Award
  • Art and Multimedia Award
  • Group Achievement Award

Quote attributable to Joshua Gonzales, Young Canberra Citzen of the Year 2019 and co-founder of PKUP:

“Receiving the award meant a lot to me. It was great to be recognised for my work and my contribution to the community. It gave me so much opportunity to share my work with the Canberra community.

“Being a young person means new ideas and ambitions. Young people in Canberra have so much to offer and there are many great people around Canberra that are willing to support young people.”

Winners will be announced during ACT Youth Week celebrations on 26 March 2020.

Nominations close on Monday, 2 March 2020.

To nominate, visit