The Cadillac Fairview 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.
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.
Please select the category you’d like to submit your nomination in:
Advocacy:Given to a youth who commits time and energy lending their voice to a cause to bring about change. To receive this award, the nominee demonstrates passion and conviction.
Arts & Culture:Given to a youth who demonstrates passion for arts & culture including music, theatre, dance, film or visual arts. The nominee is committed to helping others understand the importance of arts in their community through acts like mentoring, teaching, fundraising and raising awareness.
Environment:Given to a youth who is committed to improving the environment and reducing environmental degradation. The nominee will have achieved results and have made the world a little “greener.”
Leadership:Given to a youth who takes on a leadership role to bring about positive change to their school or community. The nominee will demonstrate responsibility and drive, as well as initiative in starting new projects and programs. Peer Support:Given to a youth who is a true mentor. This youth will have positively affected the life, or lives of others. The nominee will have shown empathy and compassion while lending their support.
Perseverance:Given to a youth who has prevailed over adversity or an obstacle in their life. The nominee will overcome challenges and demonstrate inner strength and perseverance.
Sportsmanship:Given to a youth who is passionate about athletics. They will demonstrate sportsman-like qualities such as mentorship, coaching, planning and enthusiasm. While they don’t have to be the most athletic nominee, they will show commitment to helping others recognize sport as an important part of their community.
Volunteerism: Given to a youth who is truly selfless and dedicated to helping others. Though not necessarily in a leadership role, the nominee has shown commitment to bettering their community by volunteering their time to a cause they are passionate about.
To read the 2016 finalist bios, check out our blog here. Thank you to our generous title sponsor: