Canberra resident finalist for National Youth Awards

Canberra resident, Rachael Stevens, has been named a finalist in the 2015 National Youth Awards.

Rachael is a finalist in the Youth Courage category of the 2015 National Youth Awards, which will be announced on April 16 in Brisbane.

Rachael was nominated for her courage in overcoming sexual abuse, anorexia and depression. Racheal has since become an author, writing a book about mental illness, and speaks to high school students and youth groups to promote self-esteem, healthy body image, and positive relationships.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, congratulated all the finalists.

“What has shone through in all the finalists is their passion, commitment and dedication to their chosen pursuit,” Senator Ryan said.

“I commend all those who entered the 2015 National Youth Awards and congratulate the finalists across the seven categories.”

Senator Zed Seselja also congratulated Rachael.

“Rachael is a credit to our community. She has shown that your age is no barrier to getting involved and helping others,” Senator Seselja said.

The National Youth Awards are an initiative of the Australian Government. The awards will be presented as part of National Youth Week, which runs from April 10-19.

The awards are open to young Australians aged between 12 and 25. Winners receive a $2000 cash prize.

In 2015, the youngest finalist is 12-year-old Maggie Heffernan from Huon, Victoria. Maggie is a finalist in the Youth Safety category.

The finalists come from around Australia and are nominated in seven categories: Youth Employment; Youth Safety; Youth Culture and Diversity; Youth Health; Youth Leadership; Youth Courage and Youth in Media.

For more information on the National Youth Awards or National Youth Week, visit