The ConocoPhillips Youth of Distinction Awards (YODA) recognize deserving youth, 13-18 years of age, for the remarkable ways in which they have chosen to live. The awards are not academic, rather, they focus on leadership, friendship, overcoming personal challenge and community service.
To read the 2014 finalist bios, check out our blog here.
To see photos from the 2014 ceremony, check out our Facebook page album here.
To watch videos of the finalists from the 2014 ceremony, check out our YouTube playlist here.
The nomination period for 2014 has ended. Check back in early 2015 for next year’s nomination information.
What we do: YODA is an opportunity for Calgarians to recognize youth for their extraordinary achievements, passion and dedication to the community. The award categories are Advocacy, Arts and Culture, Environmentalism (Individual and Group), Leadership, Peer Support, Perseverance, Sportsmanship and Volunteerism. For a detailed description of the categories, click here.
Year-round, a steering committee of youth meets once every two weeks and helps plan the entire ceremony, which includes picking entertainment, décor, food, etc. They also market YODA and help design the poster and other promotional items. In March, the committee chooses the finalists and recipients for each category. Additionally, they help emcee the ceremony.