Celebrating young people making a positive difference

Applications for the Anti-Poverty Awards open 1 August 2016

The Anti-Poverty Awards, now in its twelfth year, acknowledge the many projects of both schools and individuals; highlighting their hard work and dedication and the significant contribution these projects have on the wider community’s understanding of poverty.

The unique awards not only incentivise traditional forms of philanthropy, but also the energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial nature of young Australians.

Helping launch the 2016 Anti-Poverty Awards is Victorian, Andrew Mellody. Andrew, the 2015 Individual Award recipient was commended for his work with Co-Ground, a not-for-profit organisation, which launched in response to the devastation following Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Almost one year on, Co-Ground has completed two international development projects and is currently working on a social enterprise - a mobile café. One hundred percent of profit will go towards sustainable funding for other global development projects, whilst supporting the sale of direct trade coffee and implementing training, development and leadership opportunities for young people in Australia.

Australia’s current youth population is hungry for the chance to create a better world and Connections believes young people, like Andrew should be given the chance to be catalysts of social change.

“The Anti-Poverty Awards reinforce to me there is still a place for dialogue about poverty and the community is open to having such important conversations. I am honoured to have won the award in 2015 and to be able to share the story of the people we work with to a broader audience,” said Andrew.

Applications for the 2016 Anti-Poverty Awards are open from 1 August 2016.

Any school or young person aged 16-30, working on a project to overcome poverty within Australia or overseas is encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Anti-Poverty Awards, visit antipovertyawards.org.au