NSW Youth Work Awards 2022

The Youth Work Awards 2022 was held on the 17th of November at the Australian Theatre for Young People (Rebel Theatre), Eora Country.


Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), Department of Regional NSW, Office of Regional Youth, Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP).


Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA), Family Services (Fams), NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS), The Centre for Volunteering.

2022 Winners

1. Outstanding Use of Data and Evaluation

Sponsored by: NSW Family Services (Fams)

Awarded to: Camden Council Youth Strategy

2. Outstanding Partnership

Awarded to: Aunty Time “Youth Can’t Say That!”, Mosman Council

Highly Commended: KYUP!: Violence prevention education partnership

3. Outstanding Youth Participation

Sponsored by: Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP)

Awarded to: Youth Ambassador Program Re-Imagining, MYAN NSW

Highly Commended: Streetgym, The Y NSW

4. NSW Youth Sector Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by: The Centre for Volunteering

Awarded to: Sarah Williams, What Were You Wearing

Highly Commended: Ashley Foskett

5. Outstanding Work With Aboriginal Young People

Jointly awarded to: Miyay Birray Youth Service and Start-Up Deadly, Challenge Community Services 

Highly Commended: Indigenous Justice Program, Regional Youth Support Service

6. Outstanding Work With Regional Young People

Sponsored by: Office for Regional Youth, Department of Regional NSW

Awarded to: Tocal College

Highly Commended: Youth Council Program, Illawarra Centre for Enablement and Life Read Program, Coast Shelter

7. NSW Emerging Youth Worker of the Year

Sponsored by: Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA)

Awarded to: Heath Harris, Community First Step

Highly Commended: Lily Hayman, Shopfront Arts Co-op and Nicholas Bailey, Singleton PCYC

8. Outstanding Work With Young People From Diverse Cultures, Backgrounds and Life Experiences

Sponsored by: NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS)

Awarded to: COMPACT Program, Northern Settlement Services

Highly Commended: Street Industries

9. NSW Youth Worker of the Year

Jointly awarded to: Sarah Callaghan, Canterbury Bankstown Council and Stacy Jacobs, Cessnock High 

Highly Commended: Will Doran, The Centre Kurri Kurri

10. NSW Youth Service of the Year

Sponsored by: Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ)

Awarded to: Julia Reserve Youth and Community Centre, Camden Council

Highly Commended: Maya Cottage, Coast Shelter and The Linking Together Centre, Best Employment Ltd 

Hall of Fame

Awarded to: Darrel Smith and Keira Taggart

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