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The Young Leader Of The Year award will go to a young person who has made a significant impact in their school or local community as a young leader.

A young leader is someone who displays strong leadership qualities and works to make positive change in their community. They possess a high level of motivation to achieve their goals, and they are willing to work with others to achieve these goals and bring impactful initiatives to life. 

Young leaders are open-minded and willing to listen to others, valuing diverse perspectives and opinions on their teams. Young leaders aim to inspire and motivate others, leading by example and setting high standards for themselves and their team. They are excellent communicators, able to articulate their vision and inspire others to work towards achieving it. Most importantly, a young leader is adaptable and resilient, able to navigate challenges and setbacks with grace and determination. They are always learning and growing, as they seek out opportunities to improve themselves and their skills.

Whether you're working to make a change in your community, leading an initiative around your school, or organising a campaign for a cause you're passionate about, this is the award category for you!

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Nominations Now Open! 


Nomination Questions:

To nominate for the Young Leader Of The Year award category, you will be asked to provide answers to the following questions in 800 characters or less per question:

  • What inspired you to become a leader, and how have you demonstrated your leadership qualities?

  • What is your leadership style, and how do you work to inspire those around you?

  • What challenges have you faced as a leader, and how have you overcome them?

  • What are your goals as a leader, and how do you plan to achieve them?

  • How have you used your leadership skills to make a positive impact in your community or industry?

  • Is there anything else you wish to share?

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Eligibility Criteria: 

To be able to nominate for the Young Leader Of The Year award category, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must live in Australia

  • Must be a student in years 4 to year 12 in 2024

  • Must have the approval of a parent or guardian to nominate 

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Nominations Close On The 15th Of July 2024

Judging Criteria:

All nominations for the Young Leader Of The Year award category will be judged by a team of community changemakers on the following criteria. Each criteria will be weighted equally:

Skill Building

  • How has this young person worked to develop their leadership skills? Has this young person worked to exercise their skills and access opportunities for skill development?


Application & Implementation

  • How has this young person worked to apply their leadership skills? Have they been able to lead in different settings and what impact did they make?


Passion & Drive

  • Has this young person demonstrated a passion for their work and projects? How has this young person shown resilience along their journey?


Future Focus

  • Has this young person demonstrated a desire to continue developing and implementing their leadership skills? Where do they hope to go next and do they have a clear path to get there?

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Become Australia's Next Young Leader Of The Year!

Meet Our 2023 Finalists:

In 2023 we had some outstanding nominations come through for the Young Leader Of The Year award category and our judging panel was able to select three finalists for our National award and three finalists for our West Australian award.


Click on their tiles to find out more about them and the projects that they are leading! 

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Nominate Now:

If this award category sounds like you, we would absolutely love to see your nomination! Nominations are open to all students in Australia from Year 4 - 12 in 2024. You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone you know for this award.


If you're not sure whether or not this is the category for you, nominate anyway as you never know, you could be Australia's next Young Leader Of The Year! 

Nominations are now open and close on the 15th of July 2024. Make sure to nominate now!

Other Categories:

The Young Leader Of The Year Award is just one of the six awards up for grabs as part of the Next Gen Awards 2024.


To see what other categories are open for nomination, click the button below: 

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