A 12 year old from Kallaroo, whose homelessness project has reached nearly 4,000 people in need, is among 24 young Western Australians named as finalists in this year's WA Youth Awards.

Vincent Pettinicchio was just seven years old when he devised Vincent’s Project for the Homeless as a distraction from being bullied.

Inspired by seeing people living on the streets of Perth, Vincent began providing them with packs of toiletries and comfort items.

Now he uses his spare time to raise awareness about the plight of homeless people by speaking at different parishes, rotary clubs, corporate events and schools.

He has gained ongoing support for his project from a number of major corporations.

Since 1999, the WA Youth Awards have showcased the achievements and contributions of young Western Australians aged 12 to 25, as well as organisations which work with and support Western Australian youth.

One individual category winner will be chosen as the WA Young Person of the Year at an event at the State Theatre Centre on 12 October.

The WA Youth Awards 2017 are presented by the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia, in partnership with the Department of Communities. The awards are supported by Lotterywest.

See the full list of 2017 WA Youth Awards finalists.