Nominations for Youth Awards Now Open

Kawartha Lakes: Calling all Kawartha Lakes youth between the ages of 12-24, and their parents, coaches, teachers and friends!  BGC Kawarthas (formerly known as Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes) is hosting its fifth Youth Awards and nominations are now open.

The Youth Awards were created to shine a spotlight on the young leaders of Kawartha Lakes. There are local youth whose devotion to their passions and love for the community deserve to be known and celebrated. There are a total of eight award categories for two age groups, 12-17 and 18-24.

The categories are Humanitarian, Arts Achievement, Green (environmentalism), Physical Literacy (sportsmanship), Resiliency, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and BGC Club Spirit. You can click here to learn more information about the awards.

A nominee who is transitioning to post-secondary education or training within the next year can also be considered for the Ron Kennedy Scholarship. Ron Kennedy was the founder of BGC Kawarthas (formerly called Kawartha Youth Incorporated) in 1970. A second memorial scholarship, the Marcie Beall Scholarship, is given to the winner of the BGC Club Spirit Award in the 18-24 category. Marcie Beall was a young leader who worked at the Club and exemplified love and compassion.

The event has Polito Ford Lincoln, Kawartha Lakes Honda, and Bounce 91.9 as lead sponsors.

The ceremony in June will highlight all the finalists. Each year, the awards share amazing and varied stories.  Last year, for example, one winner was a voluntary designer for her school’s event posters, and she also built and painted a large set for a High School Musical play. Another created a small farming enterprise, and maintained it for seven years while sustaining Honours in high school and a job at Caressant Care. Two nominees were recognized for their collective submission of art and an essay about self-governance, inclusivity and equality, which was chosen by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) education program to represent Ontario at the national level.

Nomination forms can be found here. Anyone can submit a form, and youth can submit for someone they know and for themselves. Youth can be nominated as individuals or together in groups.

The forms can be emailed to  or sent to BGC Kawarthas at 107 Lindsay St. S., K9V 2M5. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 8, 2024.