Young People's Award

The Moonee Valley Young People's Awards celebrate local young people who achieve great things and make positive contributions to their community. 

The awards program is run by the Moonee Valley Young People's Committee, consisting of local young people aged 12 to 25, with the support of our Youth Services team.

Nominations are assessed by the committee on the young person’s personal achievements or contribution to the community in one or more of the following category areas:

  • Young people-led programs
  • Social wellbeing and inclusion
  • The environment
  • Recreation and sport
  • Arts, music and culture

Winners receive a $150 voucher and a certificate, which is presented at a Council Public Forum.

Download a nomination form (doc, 910 KB) and nominate a deserving young person!

For more information, contact Youth Services via email at or call 9243 8888.

Recent recipients

Winner What they've achieved 

December 2016:

Patrick Kennedy


Patrick is an active member of the St Bernard’s College school community, demonstrating strong leadership in helping to drive and deliver both new and existing programs.

One of his most recent initiatives saw him successfully apply for a grant which provided all 1,500 students with a reusable water bottle. The aim was reduce plastic waste and promote water consumption.

Patrick is passionate about student wellbeing. He is an active member of the student support group, made up of students trained to recognise and assist peers experiencing stress, and has been instrumental in suggesting improvements to his school’s Student Wellbeing Action Team, in an effort to reduce bullying.

Patrick is also involved in promoting and increasing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through his coordination of reconciliation activities at St Bernard’s College.

August 2016:

Alex Black


Alex’s passion for the music and events industry led her to join the Moonee Valley FReeZA Committee in 2011. Since then, her insights into the needs and interests of her fellow peers have assisted the committee to undertake many great initiatives.

Her most recent achievement was stage managing the Avenue Records gig in June which attracted over 100 people. The success of the gig was in part thanks to Alex’s strong communication skills, assertiveness and ability to work under pressure, ensuring all 30 performers were well informed and ready on the day. She is now mentoring another committee member to facilitate an acoustic gig at The Avenue Youth Hub.

Over several years, Alex has also volunteered her time for the Youth Affairs Council Victoria, Heartkids Foundation and The Alfred Hospital Father’s Day appeal.

June 2016:

Zhanet Zyka

Zhanet Zyka and Mayor Surace

Zhanet is a Year 11 student at Mount Alexander College. She coaches a basketball team and volunteers in personal training at Mount Alexander College, where she teaches and encourages students in leading a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally. Zhanet also regularly contributes to the weekly breakfast club run by staff and students which provides a hot meal for all students, including those who may not otherwise have breakfast.

Zhanet is currently in the process of completing her gold Duke of Edinburgh award. Her silver award was granted after organising the school Fun Run in 2014; an event which raised over $500 towards the school sports department.

In 2015 Zhanet won an Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award, the Year 10 Classroom Leadership Award and she is now proud to represent the student body as a house captain. Some of her tasks have included co-organizing awards nights, music awards and representing the student body on interview panels.

Zhanet was involved in the 2015 school production of High School Musical where she not only performed, but actively contributed to set design and production. Aside from regularly attending rehearsals and musical commitments, she actively participated in a number of working bees held outside of school hours to help paint, construct sets and assist in the production of costumes.

Zhanet seeks to continue all of these passions in the future, with hopes of making it to the Ms. Olympia stage for bodybuilding.

April 2016:

Sean Michelini

Sean (winner) and Mayor

Sean is in Year 11 at Mount Alexander College. He is a class captain who leads by example and undertakes a range of duties representing the student body, including peer representation on interview panels and assisting with the coordination of whole school assemblies. He spends his free time mentoring year 7 students during recess and lunchtimes, as well as assisting to provide class support for students experiencing anxiety. 

Sean consistently contributes time volunteering at school, as well as the local farmers market held on Sundays. He won an award for his contributions in the school production of High School Musical last year, where he not only performed but attended many working bees to assist with set design, construction and backstage production.

In 2014 Sean completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award where he focused on learning archery. In 2015 Sean was part of The Whitten Leadership Project, which builds young community representatives’ skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, support, resilience and community engagement.

Sean will walk the Kokoda track in June as part of Victoria Police’s Youth Leadership Challenge.

December 2015:

Muse Tesema

Muse (winner) and Mayor           

Muse was recognised for his contribution in the area of Recreation and Sport, for his passion and dedication to sporting activities in the community.

Muse was born in Ethiopia with a significant hearing impairment, which made significant impacts on his speech development as a child. Muse moved with his brother, sister, Aunt and Uncle and their 5 children to Australia in 2012.

Muse is now a Mount Alexander College Student, and an active participant in The Huddle program at the North Melbourne Football club. As a result, Muse had the opportunity to attend a football coaching program, and has now completed a Level 1 in Community Athletics Coaching.

As a result of his hard work, Muse made the State Champions Cross Country in Sydney last year. With the assistance of his school, Muse has worked tirelessly to raise funds in order to attend.

Muse has become a great role model for other students at his school and within the wider community. Muse always has a positive, encouraging attitude to all aspects of life, and eagerly takes on every opportunity presented.

Last updated: Friday, 28 April 2017, 1:36 AM