Achievements and Recognition

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The Youth Engagement and Pathway Unit (YEP) supports a variety of initiatives and awards that empower Hume young people to thrive and lead within their community.

View the list of awards, initiatives and recognition programs that Hume City Council endorses and supports.

Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award

The Victorian Bar Student Achievement Award is a youth recognition award for academic achievement in Legal Studies, sponsored by the Victorian Bar Foundation and Hume City Council. The award is open to secondary schools in Hume and provides a grant of $1,500 to the highest achiever in Legal Studies Units 1 & 2 who is enrolled in Legal Studies Units 3 & 4 in the year the prize is awarded. The Student Achievement Award winners, families, teachers and Award patrons will attend an Award Ceremony in June to recognise and celebrate the student’s achievements.  

In addition, schools can nominate a student to receive an Encouragement Award to recognise those who have demonstrated ongoing commitment in Legal Studies. They will attend a work experience day at the Victorian Supreme Court in September, along with their fellow Achievement Award students. This will include a tour of the Victorian Supreme Court and meeting with inspiring barristers. This provides opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in law to further enhance their professional and peer support networks.

View 2022 Victorian Bar Student Achievement Award winners  for  more information.

The Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award

The Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award celebrates the memory of Gladstone Park local and Australian soldier Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, by supporting young members of our community to pursue their dreams.

Corporal Baird VC MG, is remembered and admired for his selflessness, acts of courage and for his ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield which saw him bravely try to draw enemy fire away from his comrades in Afghanistan. Along with his military service, Corporal Baird VC MG was an active member of our local community who aspired to support and inspire the next generation.

The award provides up to $5000 to young locals (aged 12-25) who demonstrate the values of our local fallen Australian hero in the following two categories:

  • Leading from the front Achievement Award – where achievement in sports, community, art, employment or education is recognised.
  • Gaining ground Encouragement Award – where a commitment to an area of interest is recognised.

View Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award for more information and to see past winners. 

View the media release announcing the 2021 Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award winners.

Youth Week

Youth Week celebrates the contributions, achievements and diverse experiences of young Victorians aged between 12 and 25 during April. Upcoming Youth Week events and activities will be listed on our webpage closer to the date.

Below are some of the initiatives and programs that were held across Youth Week in previous years.

2021 Youth Week

Pass the Mic - Celebrating Youth Week

HYPE - Hume FReeZA committee, organised an open mic night for 2021 Victorian Youth Week. The event showcased the talents of young people who work, study and live in the Hume community between the ages of 12-24. 


2020 Youth Week

Youth Week Booklet - Facebook Campaign

Year 2020 has been a year to remember in many ways and has challenged everyone. As part of Youth Week, the Hume Youth Services team spoke to young people about how this year has been for them and what they hope for the future, which was shared on the YEP Facebook Page. This was then collated into a booklet which was shared with the young people who participated in the Youth Week activities.

Youth Week Booklet(PDF, 20MB)

Takeover Melbourne

The ABC and VicHealth have announced 29 winners of the 2021 Takeover Melbourne young storytelling competition. The Takeover Melbourne initiative is run by the ABC with major partner VicHealth and support from the City of Melbourne and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. This initiative is also supported by the 32 local councils of Greater Melbourne. The Takeover Melbourne program amplifies the voice of young Melburnians, develops the storytelling skills, and builds relationships between young people, the ABC, and their local community.

Hume City Council is proud to announce Bill from Craigieburn as one of this year’s ABC Takeover Melbourne winners. Bill shares their story about being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at six years old. Bill wants to share their story to others and demonstrate how you can achieve whatever you dream of, “I developed a new perspective on myself and started looking at my disorder as a good thing. Today I'm doing all the things I never dreamed were possible.” View Bill’s full story.

Takeover Melbourne winners and their stories are being showcased on ABC Radio Melbourne and on the News stream via the ABC Listen app throughout November and December. View the full list of Takeover Melbourne winners and listen their powerful stories.

Previous years:

2020 Takeover Melbourne Hume winners:

  • ‘Escaping war in Iraq and finding safety, at last, in Melbourne’ written by Sara from Craigieburn, and;
  • ‘The dangerous journey to Australia to get a strong education’ written by Mohammad from Attwood.