Youth Awards & Scholarships

COVID-19 Update

Each year the City celebrates our outstanding youth with Civic Youth Awards and Centennial Scholarships. It's especially important to continue this tradition and highlight the importance of community and connection during this challenging time. Find 2020 Youth Award and scholarship recipients here.

In response to COVID-19, the City has had to adapt the way we recognize the outstanding achievements and positive contributions of youth in our community. This year, Civic Youth Awards recipients will be recognized through a personalized mail out and on the City's website. In addition, a select number of secondary school graduates will receive the City’s Youth Centennial Scholarship.

The Youth Awards Gala originally scheduled for May, has been cancelled in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions related to public events and gatherings. 

A Message from Mayor Buchanan

The Civic Youth Awards Program recognizes youth between the ages of 10-24 years for noteworthy achievements and contributions to the community.

Each year the City presents awards in six categories:

  • Rise Up Award
  • Recognizes youth who have overcome adversity and recorded noteworthy achievements in some line of endeavour, or have exhibited a commitment to personal change and growth. Such areas could include:

    • Making great personal strides
    • Overcoming personal or societal barriers
    • Demonstrating or possessing outstanding music, scholastic, art or sports acumen
  • Give Back Award
  • Recognizes youth who have made positive contributions to the community on a voluntary basis such as serving on a committee and other volunteer work with organizations and groups. All nominees must have provided a minimum of 75 hours of school or community services.

  • Kind Heart Award
  • Recognizes youth who have demonstrated an act of bravery, selflessness or notable deed for the betterment of another. The act may have occurred spontaneously or as part of a group. The act may have occurred locally, nationally or internationally. The act may have bettered the lives of humans or animals.

  • Best Youth Friendly Biz Award
  • Recognizes a business that has performed an exceptional job in hiring or training youth, providing opportunities to youth, or providing funding for youth activities support. Could be for one youth or a number of youth.

  • Awesome Ally Award
  • Recognizes an adult mentor or service club in providing support and services to youth.

  • Outstanding Squad Award
  • Recognizes a group of youth who have completed a minimum of 50 hours per person of community (or school) service resulting in a program or service of enhancement for their school or community.

Deadline Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5pm

Submit completed nominations:

  1. By email to
  2. Hand-delivered: Leah Herman, Coordinator, Community Development, City of North Vancouver, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7J 2R5


We handed out 44 City of North Vancouver Youth Awards in 2019:

  • 6 youth received the Rise Up Award
  • 4 youth received the Give Back Award
  • 1 adults received the Awesome Ally Award
  • 2 businesses received the Best Youth Friendly Biz Award
  • 5 groups, representing 18 youth, received the Outstanding Squad Award

Youth Scholarship Program

In addition to our youth awards, there is a Youth Centennial Scholarship Program that provides annual scholarships to youth who have demonstrated outstanding community service and who are pursuing post-secondary education. This program is administered by The North Shore Community Foundation on behalf of the City. 

Find out more about the Youth Centennial Scholarship.

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