Hume Young Leaders Awards

Coming soon - 2023 Young Leaders Awards!

The Hume Young Leaders Awards program aims to recognise and celebrate young people aged 12 to 24 for their leadership within their communities. 

Young Leaders Awards 2022

The 2022 Hume Young Leaders Awards was held on Tuesday 22 November 2022.

We congratulate all the nominees, finalist and winners of the inaugural Hume Young Leaders Awards 2022.

Award Winners 2022

Young Creative Leader

Alyssa Barbara

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Alyssia has performed dance all around Melbourne at big events such as Moomba and Royal Melbourne Show to smaller local events such as Pass the Mic Tours. Alysa demonstrates enthusiasm and a can-do attitude always bringing a positive attitude and mindset to supporting other dancers to grow their skills and increase their confidence.

Finalist: Abbas Mohammed 

Young Environmental Leader

Louis Harrison

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Louis was appointed the Environmental Sustainability Leader in 2020 and 2022 for their school Environmental group. Louis has also advocated for more recycling bins at school, supported tree planting sessions, clean up Australia day events and the introduction of compost bins among many other achievements in raising awareness around environmental issues.

Young Community Change Maker

St John’s Ambulance Volunteers Sunbury Unit

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These dedicated volunteers are committed to improve their skills and knowledge and volunteer their time to support local community events to be safe and welcoming for the entire community.

Finalists: Roman Presta, Tharuki Rajapasksha, Liana Klaric, Jamil Nabole

Young Advocacy Leader

Kara Gifford

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Kara is passionate about increasing the knowledge of every Australian to understand the impacts that having an allergy and/or anaphylaxis can have on a person, and volunteer with the National Allergy Strategy as part of the 250k allergy project.

Finalists: Lorjel Sia, Liaqat Ahmadi, BSL Youth Action Group

Young Gender Equity Leader

Good People Act Now (GPAN) from Banksia Gardens Community Services

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GPAN are passionate and dedicated in promoting gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. They volunteer their time to meet to develop plans and facilitate workshops for young people in Melbourne and are involved in fundraising efforts to continue their important work.

Finalist: Bushra Hashi

Young Sports Leader – Joint Winners

Carly Cranston

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Carly was the co-captain for the Youth League team and was selected as player of the Month for the competition three times. Carly also coaches an Under 10 boys team and is a role model to other young women at the club.

Paul Bugeja

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Paul has been part of the Craigieburn Basketball Association for 16 years, coaching junior teams and advocating for better access to basketball competitions in growing communities within Hume. Paul has helped the Craigieburn Basketball Association grow their presence in the Hume growth corridor.

Finalists: Abdullah Ahmed, Delani Matuauto

Young Social Entrepreneur Leader

Shato Hamasaid

Shato uses their art to express themselves and share their message and story. Their art has been showcased at many events and was selected to be shown at Hume City Council Refugee week. Shato uses their art to advocate and raise money for animal cruelty.

Award Categories

Young Community Change Maker

Young person who focused on supporting community-led activities that promote better outcomes for the community.

Young Advocacy Leader

Young person who strongly advocates for change on a particular issue and/or advocates on someone else’s behalf.

Young Environmental Leader

Young person who protects the environment and inspires others to do the same.

Young Gender Equity Leader

Young person who has shown commitment to gender equity and ending violence against women in their communities.

Young Creative Leader

Young person who has inspired others in the creative arts space, this can be art, dance, song, film etc.

Young Social Entrepreneur Leader

Young person leading the way in innovative ideas to solve social problems or effect social change.

Young Sports Leader

Young person who inspires others to participate in sport and/or has had a positive impact in sport by leading, coaching or participating.




View some snaps from the 2022 Young Leaders Awards!