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LyriK Youth Award Program

The Leadership, Youth and Respect in Kwinana (LyriK) program promotes excellence by recognising achievement and providing opportunities for young people, aged 10 to 18 years, to enhance leadership, resilience, citizenship, character, entrepreneurship, community participation, skills and creativity. Find out who’s eligible, how to nominate, categories, and what the prize is.

About the LyriK Program

The Leadership, Youth and Respect in Kwinana (LyriK) program promotes youth endeavor by providing opportunites for young people to grow as young citizens, achievers and leaders, as well as publicly recognise those who excel.  The program began in 2006 and includes:

  • LyriK Leadership and Development Activities;
  • LyriK Mentoring;
  • LyriK Educational Scholarships; and
  • The LyriK Awards.

The core objectives of the LyriK program are as follows:

  • build resilience;
  • build leadership and personal development; and
  • build community impact and involvement.

Lyrik Leadership and Development Activities are run throughout the year, with recent activities including TedX Talk outings to Perth, inspirational guest speaker and training events, workshops, entrepreneurship coaching and more. To be alerted to upcoming LyriK Leadership and Development Activities please follow the Zone Youth Space Facebook and Instagram or call 9236 4550.

LyriK Mentoring can be organised for young people seeking guidance with achieving excellence. This includes formal mentoring opportunities offered to LyriK Educational Scholarship recipients, young leaders on the Youth Advisory Council, key program volunteers or any young person seeking a bit of help or inspiration to achieve their ambitions.

Information about the LyriK Educational Scholarships.

About the LyriK Awards

LyriK stands for Leadership, Youth and Respect in Kwinana. The LyriK Awards recognise the valuable contributions of local young people aged 10 to 18 years in the City of Kwinana by celebrating those who are excelling across six categories - Achievement, Inspiration, Leadership, Respect, Teamwork and Wellbeing.

Award categories are split into two age groups, 10 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years. Each winner receives a $250 cash prize to be spent on an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have or it can be put towards a dream they’ve always had. In addition, a $50 donation will be made to a charity of their choice.  

Nominations are assessed by a panel and all nominees are also eligible for the Progress Award and the Young Person of the Year Award. The winner of the Progress Award receives a further $250 cash prize and the Young Person of the Year receives a $500 cash prize, plus a $50 donation is made to a charity of their choice.

Nominees and Award recipients are publicly recognised at a prestigious annual Awards Ceremony.

The 2021 LyriK Award winners stand onstage with their awards, showered in confetti. Play Video

Award Categories

CategorySelection Criteria

Recognises young people who:

  • Have put in the effort, performed to a high level and accomplished great things in any area of their life this year
  • Have committed to a big goal and achieved their expected result, or went above and beyond their expectations

Recognises young people who:

  • Have overcome difficult or challenging circumstances in their day-to-day life
  • Motivated themselves to do things differently and achieved better results
  • Committed to working with others to make an impact in the community

Recognises young people who:

  • Display strong leadership skills
  • Are positive role models for other young people in the community
  • Positively influence others by encouraging and supporting them
  • Are proactive in raising awareness around important issues

Recognises young people who:

  • Demonstrate care and kindness to people and the land
  • Show commitment to actively learning and sharing their own culture or learning about different cultures in the community
  • Have an attitude of honouring themselves and display manners, personal ethics and strong principles

Recognises young people who:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to a team or group through the highs and the lows
  • Include others in their team or group, share the spotlight and work together in achieving positive outcomes
  • Focus on the strengths of a team or group to achieve great results

Recognises young people who:

  • Actively and consistently show concern for the wellbeing and welfare of others
  • Understand the value of regular social connection not just in their own friendship group but with those struggling to connect
  • Show commitment to the welfare of others through community service


To be eligible, the nominated young person must be 10 to 18 years of age, live within or attend school within Kwinana, and submit a valid nomination form within the nomination period.

How to Nominate 

Nominations for the 2022 LyriK Awards have now closed.


The LyriK Program was awarded National Youth Engagement award in 2009 for its positive engagement with young people and in 2016, the City of Kwinana won the WA Local Government Children's Environment and Health Awards – Children's consultation category for its process in consulting with young people on the Kwinana Outdoor Youth Space (KOYS) and Youth Outreach Live Outdoors (YOLO) projects.


The LyriK program is proudly sponsored the following organisations:

The City of Kwinana's logo.The Alcoa logo.A logo reading 'Coogee' with two interlocked c's.

More Information

For more information, contact the Zone Youth Space on 9236 4550, or email

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