Mercy Youth Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the Mercy Youth Awards for 2023!

1st Place: Caitlin, Year 12, Cathedral College Rockhampton

Caitlin wins $1,000 cash and the school receives $1,000 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

2nd Place: Sofia, Year 9, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta

Sofia wins $500 cash and the school receives $500 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

3rd Place: Shenaya, Year 8, Catherine McAuley Westmead

Shenaya wins $250 cash and the school receives $250 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

Highly Commended: $100 Vouchers

  • 9 students from Year 10, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College
  • Year 7 student, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta
  • Year 11 student, Wesley College
  • Year 9 student, Catherine McAuley Westmead

School submitting the most entries:

The school that submitted the most entries was Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College.

A total of 226 entries were received from 15 schools across Australia.

Judges

  • Ms Kylie Dunlop, Kylie Dunlop Photography
  • Sr Bernadette Mansour Board Member, Mercy Foundation
  • Ms Sue Mowbray CEO, Mercy Foundation
  • Ms Leesa Feilen, Projects Coordinator, Mercy Foundation

Thank you to all students who entered the Mercy Youth Awards Competition. The standard of the entries was excellent and all judges were impressed with the efforts made.

The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is a competition open to high school students across Australia from years 7 to 12. The competition aims to encourage you to learn more about social justice issues in Australia. The competition closes on 4 August 2023.

Homelessness is damaging to people’s lives and has severe and lasting impacts.The importance of having a safe and affordable home cannot be overstated.

The good news is that homelessness is solvable! Evidence shows that safe, appropriate, affordable housing ends homelessness. Some people might need extra support to stay housed, but most people just need a home. By working together, we can END homelessness.

COMPETITION DETAILS

1) Create a visual representation, like a cartoon, artwork, collage or photo, that shows what does HOME mean to you? Take a photo of your creation and upload it with your entry form (NB no faces in your photo).

2) Each entry must include a written paragraph (no longer than 100 words) that explains your photo (ie what does home mean to you? EG A place where you feel safe, or sSomewhere you can relax and enjoy being with family and friends, an escape from the daily grind…).

3) AND fill out the homelessness quiz.

PRIZES

1st Prize:  $1,000 to the winning entrant AND $1,000 to the winning school

2nd Prize: $500 to the winning entrant AND $500 to the winning school

3rd Prize: $250 to the winning entrant AND $250 to the winning school

$100 vouchers will be awarded to 10 highly commended entries AND $250 will be awarded to the school that submits the most entries

Schools are requested to spend their money on social justice resources and/or activities to promote social justice in your school and/or a charity addressing social justice issues in Australia.

The total Prize pool is $4,750.

For more information, please call the Mercy Foundation on 02 9911 7390 or email youthawards@mercyfoundation.com.au