The theme of the 2017 Youth Awards was Help End Human Trafficking and Slavery in Australia. Students were asked to develop a video campaign that explored human trafficking and slavery in either domestic, restaurant or agricultural work, and devise a plan of action that they or their community can take to help abolish this illegal practice.
Are food vans and sleeping bags enough?
This was the question that hundreds of students set about responding to for the Mercy Foundation Youth Awards. The response was overwhelmingly the same. NO. People experiencing homelessness, particularly people sleeping rough, need much more than food vans and sleeping bags. They need a home.
Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to enter the competition. The field was very competitive this year and the judges found it very difficult to decide on the winners. We received many high quality, creative and thought provoking entries. The judges chose three exceptional entries to be awarded first, second and third prizes. Highly Commended certificates were awarded to another seven outstanding entries.
Jack and Matthew – Year 9, St Luke’s Grammar, Dee Why NSW
Prize: $700 will be shared amongst the team AND $700 will be awarded to the school*
Sophia, Julia, Rachel and Holly – Year 10, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College North Sydney NSW
Prize: $350 will be shared amongst the team AND $350 will be awarded to the school*
Eve and Brieann – Year 10, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College North Sydney NSW
Prize: $200 will be shared amongst the team AND $200 will be awarded to the school*
Busting the myths about homelessness
Congratulations to the winners of the Mercy Foundation Social Justice Youth Awards!
The winners in the primary category were Anna and Jessica from year 6, Sacred Heart Catholic School Mosman.
The winners of the secondary category were Hayley, Hannah and Angela, year 8 students from Mercy Catholic College Chatswood.
The judges awarded an extraordinary second prize to Mt Lilydale Mercy College, to students from the CSYMA team for their impressive effort.
The aim of the competition is to encourage students to learn more about the issue of homelessness in Australia. We believe that we can work together as a community to solve homelessness in our country.
Thank you to all students who entered the competition. We received many entries of a high standard. Highly Commended certificates will be awarded to a number of students from schools across Australia in recognition of their efforts.