Youth Initiative Award


Every year, the Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award recognises the contribution young people make to our community.  The activities and passions of Award recipients can be varied, and all help to make our community better and stronger.

The award, of $1,000, is presented in the spirit of Ian’s commitment to our community and his passion for encouraging young people to be active in and contribute to their local community.

The nominee must …

  • Be under 25 years of age;
  • Be nominated by a Teacher, Coach, Mentor or other individual who has worked with the nominated person in a community capacity, and recognises their potential;
  • Reside in or have a close connection to the Upper Yarra district;
  • Make a positive contribution to the community for the benefit of others.

Nominate a young person who shows leadership in our towns.

Nominations open Monday October 1 and close Monday October 29, 2018 at 5pm. The Award will be announced at the Warburton & Yarra Junction Community Bank® Branches’ Annual General Meeting on Monday 12th November 2018.

Download the nomination form here:
YI Nomination Form 2018


In 2017, two Youth Initiative Awards were presented.
YI 2017 winnersAlyssa Parkins was nominated by Fiona Gilsenan from the Redwood Community Centre, with additional input from Heather Sayer from Interchange Outer East. This is what they had to say:

Alyssa has been mentoring with the Redwood Community Centre for 5 years and has been an integral part of our Redwood Kids mentoring program. Alyssa has grown strong bonds with the primary school children, even helping in the transition of some of our grade six participants into the local high school.

Alyssa has been a volunteer with Interchange Outer East for a year and a half. Alyssa started volunteering on recreation activities in the weekends and school holidays and has continued to volunteer on a regular basis. In this short time Alyssa has contributed by volunteering over 600 hours of her own time with Interchange Outer East supporting young children with a disability to have fun and their parents to have a much needed break from their caring role. Alyssa demonstrates a great deal of maturity as a volunteer. Not only is she a wonderful mentor to our participants particularly, but she is also a brilliant role model to other volunteers and staff.

Rachel Lee was nominated by the Principal of Upper Yarra Secondary College, Scott Tully. This is what he had to say about Rachel:
Rachel is an outstanding young lady dedicated to improving her community. She is very active within it and displays a genuine desire to help others and to make our community a better place.

She is currently the College Captain and Student representative Council President, representing the students on the school Council, and has led a very active student body, particularly in relation to open conversations regarding mental health.

She has also been a junior basketball and netball coach and basketball referee for a number of years. More recently she was successful in gaining part time employment with the Yarra Ranges Council as a youth ambassador, representing both the views and needs of the young person demographic and involvement in future planning.

Rachel has made a significant impact at Upper Yarra Secondary College in representing the student voice. Led by Rachel, the SRC has been very active this year both in consultation with School leadership and Council and amongst the student body, including leading a number of student based activities between year levels designed to foster collaboration and improve student sense of belonging and connection.