Youth of Distinction Awards

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Youth of Distinction Awards

If you know a young person who is passionate, committed, or has overcome adversity—recognize them for their efforts! You can nominate youth 12 to 18 for being leaders, innovators, advocates, athletes, team players, dedicated artists, or outstanding volunteers.

The Youth of Distinction Awards (YODA) is an annual event in May that recognizes deserving youth between the ages of 12 and 18 in several different categories: advocacy, arts and culture, environment, leadership, peer support, perseverance, sportsmanship, volunteerism.

The awards are not academic, rather, they focus on leadership, friendship, overcoming a personal challenge and community service.

The finalists, along with their family, friends, and the public are welcome to purchase a ticket and attend the Youth of Distinction Awards. At the ceremony, guests will watch the recipient of each category be announced, enjoy brunch, entertainment and other celebrations of the amazing youth in our city.

Nomination Deadline: February 24, 2020

For more information or to nominate youth in a category, visit

For questions email the program coordinator at

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