The Youth for Peace Project Award encourages and recognises innovative group projects that address current social issues around peace and conflict using psychological knowledge or strategies. 

Administration

  1. The Psychologists for Peace Interest Group is responsible for funding of the annual Award.
  2. The administration of the Award is undertaken by Psychologists for Peace Interest Group Victorian Subcommittee.
  3. The State Coordinator of the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group Victorian Subcommittee will appoint a Selection Committee of at least three members, one or more of whom will be a member of the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group and one or more of whom will have experience working with young people.
  4. The Psychologists for Peace Interest Group Youth for Peace Award Selection Committee will be responsible for recommending to the APS Board the group to receive the main award, as well as one or more groups (up to 2 in total) to receive a Highly Commended Certificate.
  5. The Psychologists for Peace Interest Group Youth for Peace Award Selection Committee will be responsible for issuing a Participation Certificate to those groups who have shown a commitment to undertaking their project.
  6. If, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, no entry is deemed worthy of the Award, no Award will be given.
  7. The name/s of the award recipients and a description of their projects will be included on the Interest Group webpage and announced in InPsych.
  8. The Award will be presented at an awards ceremony or another appropriate APS event.

Eligibility

  1. Applicants need not be members of the Society.
  2. Applicants will be groups of 3 or more young people aged 12-18 years living in Australia.
  3. Members of the group may attend the same school or other youth organisation, or come from several such organisations, or not be attached to any such organisation(s). The group may also be supported by an adult mentor (e.g. teacher).
  4. The group must submit documentation of their project by the due date.

Application process

  1. Applications for the Youth for Peace Project Award will be called for annually by the publication of notices in educational and APS publications and social media.
  2. Applications must be addressed to the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group and be received by the date shown in the call for nominations notice.
  3. Applications will be made by submitting the Award Nomination Form via email or via an online form. The application requires documentation of the project undertaken and the ways in which it has met the selection criteria of the Youth for Peace Project Award, and includes the applicants’ full contact details, and the name, position and contact details of an adult referee who knows the group members and knows about their project.
  4. Applicants can also attach other supporting material (e.g. videos, photos, Facebook or Twitter campaign, Blog, YouTube video, PowerPoint presentation, song lyrics, drama scripts, artwork, surveys).
    1. Further details are provided in the Award Nomination Form.
  5. Only one application will be accepted per group.

Please click here for Ideas and Resources for Youth for Peace projects.

There are two options for submitting your application.

Selection criteria

Essential criteria

The Award will be awarded on the basis of documentation of a project conducted in the current year that:

  1. Helped build peace and made a positive contribution to a community or the broader society.
  2. Used some of the resources or ideas listed on the APS Psychologists for Peace Interest Group page and/or other relevant psychological resources.
  3. Showed creativity or innovation.

Additional criteria

The Selection Committee will also take into account:

  1. Diversity of the focus of the project (e.g. in terms of its applicability to different age groups, genders, faiths, cultural backgrounds, etc.).
  2. Evidence that the project has potential to be replicated or extended. 

Value of the award

The winner of the Youth for Peace Project Award will receive:

  1. A certificate and a prize of $1000
  2. Highly Commended Certificates and prize awards of $500 will be given to up to two other applicants.
  3. All applicants will receive a Participation Certificate. 

Closing date

Applications will close on 30 October

Entries must be lodged by contacting:

Contact:
Member Group Administrator
Tel: 03 8662 3300
Email: ig@psychology.org.au