Applications Open for Anti-Poverty Awards
8 August 2013 at 9:03 am
Applications are open for the 2013 Anti-Poverty Awards which aim to recognise and highlight the individuals and schools across Australia who are making a difference in addressing disadvantage.
The Anti-Poverty Awards recognise young Australians between the ages of 16 and 30.
The awards recognise, encourage and support young people who demonstrate a deep understanding of those in need through the work they do.
One award recipient will receive a grant up to $4000 and encouragement awards up to the value of $1000 may also be offered.
The School Award, recognises schools in Australia who are engaging their students in creative and innovative school-based projects that work towards the removal of inequality.
The Award looks at the many projects undertaken by schools which contribute to the wider community’s understanding of disadvantage.
The winning school will receive a Sport Pack to the value of $2500.
This year, Connections is using facebook to give people the chance to share their stories and promote their project.
Connections’ CEO, Angela Forbes said the awards presented a great
opportunity for young people to come forward and be recognised for their work in tackling inequality.
‘I am amazed each year by who we unearth in these awards,” she said.
“The creative and sophisticated ways that young people are engaging with communities in need is inspirational and I am excited to see who we will discover this year.”
2012 award recipient, Enterprise Learning Projects director, Laura Egan, who was recognised for her work with remote Australian communities will launch the awards this year.
After spending time volunteering in India, Egan saw how microenterprise could be used as a tool for community development. On returning home, she saw that microenterprise was well suited to Aboriginal communities and Enterprise Learning Projects was born.
Her work specialises in resourcing, supporting and enabling microenterprise in remote Australia in partnership with locally based organisations.
Egan said she was honoured to be able to share the story of the people she works with to a broader audience through winning the award.
“It is an honour to be part of the amazing alumni of past recipients and to be able to share the Award with all the wonderful people who have helped create Enterprise Learning Projects and all the communities we have been able to support,” she said.
Applications close Friday, September 13.
To enter visit the anit-poverty awards.