Youth Week was especially big in Broome this year, when LWB launched the inaugural Broome Youth Week Awards 2016 with the help of 8 local organisations to support the efforts of young people who have contributed to the improvement of communities and individuals.
Young people were recognised for their leadership, family support and community spirit, and rewarded thanks to generous sponsorship by local organisations. The winners were announced at a ceremony on 15 April infront of over 150 people in attendance. “Local events like this take a huge amount of work and without the help of many different people volunteering their time and effort it would not have been possible,” says LWBs Broome Program and Operations Coordinator Nicholas Hosking. “We have already been approached by several different organisations that would like to be involved next year and that look forward to these awards becoming an annual event.”
The impact of the LWB Broome Youth Week Awards however extends far beyond it being a day of recognition as ripples of its support for the youth continue to be visible. Local Aboriginal leadership organisation Aarnja provided the winner of the Aboriginal Leadership Award with membership to its organisation, training and support expected to reach over $10,000 in value over the coming two years. LWB sponsored the Personal Achievement award and was delighted to be able to present an existing client with the opportunity to go on holiday with his grandmother.