An inspiring Aboriginal leader, a marine biology enthusiast and an energetic hip-hop dancer are among the finalists in the WA Youth Awards.
The WA Youth Awards celebrate young people who make outstanding contributions to the community. Judged across four categories, 16 young people have been named finalists, with one to be named WA Young Person of the Year.
Among the finalists is Jay McClean, a Year 12 student from Caversham. A young Aboriginal man, Jay has overcome a number of challenges to become a motivated leader, playing an instrumental role in promoting reconciliation at his school.
The awards also acknowledge exceptional youth-led groups and organisations with the Organisational Achievement Award.
The Minister for Youth's Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award recognises a WA youth worker who has made an outstanding contribution to their local community by doing paid or voluntary work in the youth service sector.
Among the finalists for the Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award is Lorraine Drew from Middle Swan. Lorraine is case manager at an outreach service, providing ongoing support to young women who have experienced family and domestic violence.
Winners will be announced at the WA Youth Awards ceremony on November 27.
The WA Youth Awards are presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities, and supported by Lotterywest.
For more information about the finalists visit the WA Youth Awards website.