Newsboys Foundation Leadership Award Background

The Newsboys Foundation Leadership Awards were launched in 2013 to celebrate 120 years of Newsboys.

The awards were in two categories: Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award (for young people aged 14-18) and the Newsboys Foundation Community Leadership Award (for people age 19-30).

Both awards went to individuals who had worked or volunteered with a community organisation and provided exceptional leadership within their community.

The purpose of the prize was to support the winners’ community leadership development through education and/or professional development.

The 2013 and 2014 nominations were reviewed by an eminent judging panel.

The judging panel members were:

  • Zich Zichy-Woinarksi QC, Chairman, Newsboys Foundation
  • Betty Amsden AO
  • Wayne Bunte, Director, Newsboys Foundation and former Melbourne Newsboys Club Member
  • Deborah Cheetham AO, Head of the Wilin Centre, Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne
  • Sandie de Wolf AM, CEO, Berry Street
  • Bernie Geary OAM, Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Carmel Guerra, CEO, Centre for Multicultural Youth
  • Andrew Holden, Editor in Chief, The Age
  • Jan Owen, CEO, Foundation for Young Australians (2013 Awards only)
  • Sandy Shaw, CEO, Newsboys Foundation

From 2015, the Newsboys Foundation Awards are being conducted in partnership with other organisations.