The Youth of Distinction Awards (YODA) is an annual event in May that recognizes deserving youth between the ages of 12-18 in several different categories: Advocacy, Arts & 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.
Unfortunately because of COVID-19, Youth Central must cancel the 2020 Youth of Distinction Awards ceremony that normally takes place in early May. For the past 17 years Youth Central has looked forward to our annual event to recognize and celebrate the amazing youth in Calgary. YODA is an opportunity for our community to truly see and welcome youth from all different paths, letting them know that they matter. Please see below for our virtual 2020 Youth of Distinction Awards.
The YODA Steering committee is comprised of 8-10 youth between the ages of 12-18. Youth members of the YODA Steering Committee will select the YODA recipients and help with marketing and promotion. Applications for the youth members of the YODA Steering Committee are available in August/September and are selected in October of each year.
For more information, please contact the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 2021 YOUTH OF DISTINCTION AWARDS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY.