About the Youth Awards

The 2018 Mercy Foundation Youth Awards will be a photo competition for students in years 8 to 11 in NSW. More details will be available over the coming weeks.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Mercy Foundation Youth Awards!
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About the awards

The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is an annual competition aimed at developing the advocacy skills of students and encourages them to become more informed about social justice issues and to consider what action that they and their community can take to help protect the rights of vulnerable people in our community.

Cash prizes are awarded to the winning students and their schools.

The 2018 Mercy Foundation Youth Awards will be open to students in Years 8 – 11 in New South Wales.

2017 Mercy Foundation Youth Awards are now closed.

The theme of the 2017 Youth Awards was Help End Human Trafficking and Slavery in Australia. The details of the competition are below:

It’s hard to believe that human trafficking and slavery is happening in Australia. This hidden practice includes servitude, forced labour, deceptive recruiting for labour or services, trafficking, forced marriage and debt bondage. It involves the exploitation of vulnerable people for a profit and it is an abuse of human rights.

Video Competition

The challenge was to develop a video campaign, that

  1. Explores ONE of the following issues and
  2. Includes a plan of action that you and your community can take to help abolish this illegal practice.

The issues are:

  • Human trafficking and slavery in domestic servitude
  • Human trafficking and slavery in restaurant work
  • Human trafficking and slavery in agricultural work

Follow this link for information and resources on human trafficking and slavery in Australia.

Cash Prizes

First Prize:
$700 to be shared by the winning team/s and $700 to be shared by the winning school/s

Second Prize:
$350 to be shared by the winning team/s and $350 to be shared by the winning school/s

Third Prize:
$200 to be shared by the winning team/s and $200 to be shared by the winning schools

 Important Dates

  • Competition closes at midnight, Friday, 23 June 2017
  • Winners announced week commencing 18 September 2017