The Australian Government's National Volunteering Strategy identifies that the rate of youth volunteering is below the national average and needs to be better supported and encouraged.
To increase volunteering participation amongst young people, the Australian Government is running the “Your Passion, Our Nation. Volunteer Now!” video competition which asks young people to create a video that promotes the benefits of volunteering to their peers.
70 young Australians submitted videos that explore ways to be involved in their community and capture the fun and benefits of volunteering for young people, which include:
- Shaping and supporting your community;
- Gaining and enhancing practical skills and experience;
- Helping others and giving something back to your community;
- Gaining satisfaction from taking practical action to build a better world;
- Having fun with others outside traditional responsibilities like school, uni, TAFE and work.
Four Australian volunteering champions have been selected to judge competition entries:
- Melissa Abu-Gazaleh, a youth worker with the Port Kembla Youth Project and Managing Director of the Top Blokes Foundation
- Michael Green, filmmaker and founder of Drift Media [www.driftmedia.com.au]
- Melody Pedler, a rural journalist and 2011 winner of Heywire [www.abc.net.au/heywire]
- David Whitbread, expert graphic designer and communications manager.
The judges are assessing the submissions to identify which videos best:
- communicate and reflect the theme of the Competition Your Passion, Our Nation. Volunteer Now!
- display originality and creativity; and
- use the best production quality including editing, sound and lighting.
Winners will be announced in September 2012.