Three members of the Youth Leadership Project have won a 2019 City of Ballarat Youth Award. 

Teenagers Daisy Rogers, Evie Crawford and Molly Coleman were all part of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation (WBCF) program’s Ballarat intake this year.

More than 90 students aged between 14 and 16 years old participated in the program this year, which operated across 13 local government areas. 

The Ballarat trio were acknowledged within their region for a project that went above and beyond, winning the Group Project Award at the City of Ballarat awards night in October. 

The award aims to recognise a group of young people who have volunteered to develop or implement a project which has benefitted both the young people involved and the broader community, creating positive, healthy relationships with their peers, family and community members.

Rogers, Crawford and Coleman were part of a four-person team who designed a book to promote the reduction in stress and anxiety in high school students. 

As part of the WBCF Leadership Project, they participated in a six-month program learning about self-awareness and leadership skills, and bravely spoke up about some of their own experiences with a view to provide a practical resource for their peers. 

The book – entitled, Charlie Beat His Blues – will be donated to all Ballarat school libraries and local Ballarat libraries.