Celebration of Youth Awards

The Celebration of Youth Awards is one example of the Y's commitment to invest in young people. Recognized regionally as one of Ontario's most prestigious awards for youth, the Celebration of Youth honours local youth, 17-20 years of age whose outstanding talents and achievements have made a difference in our community.  
The awards focus on youth who have demonstrated leadership, sensitivity to others, innovation, development of personal talents, overcoming personal challenge and service to community.  Special consideration is given to youth faced with financial barriers. 
Award recipients embody the YMCA core values of: 

  • Caring - we can be trusted to do the right thing; 
  • Honesty - We keep our promises, and we do what we say we will; 
  • Respect - We believe in the good within people; 
  • Responsibility - We are leaders, and set an example for others; 
  • Inclusiveness - We create a place for everyone at the YMCA.  

After completing a comprehensive application and interview process, the successful recipients will receive a $1,000 award. 

What would you do with $1,000?



Welcome to the Sarnia-Lambton Celebration of Youth Awards for 2024!

Applications for 2024 Open Now! Apply by March 17, 2024.


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Welcome to the Chatham-Kent Celebration of Youth Awards for 2024!

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Past Winners

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Chatham Kent COY 2019
Huron COY 2019