Youth of Distinction Awards

The Youth of Distinction Awards (YODA) recognize deserving youth, 12-18 years of age or still in high school, 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.
Nominations for 2016 are now open! Deadline is February 22, 2016.

Choose one of the following ways to nominate youth for the Youth of Distinction Awards: 

1) Select the appropriate category below and follow the steps to submit your nomination online:
Arts & Culture
Environmentalism (Group and Individual)
Peer Support
2) Download and complete the Youth of Distinction Awards 2016 Questionnaire, available here. After completion, please email to or fax to 403-264-0266.
3) Write a letter about the nominee that does not exceed 500 words in length and is written in a minimum 12 point font.
4) Create a video blog of yourself talking about the nominee (please exclude any images of the nominee), which should be 2 – 4 minutes in length.
For a detailed description of the categories, click here.
To read the 2015 finalist bios, check out our blog here.
What we do: YODA is an opportunity for Calgarians to recognize youth for their extraordinary achievements, passion and dedication to the community.
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.
To get involved or for more information, contact:



Thank you to our generous award sponsors:



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