Important note about this year’s awards:

In the interest of everyone’s health and safety and to give the youth a celebration they deserve, we have decided to postpone the RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards scheduled for May to Tuesday, October 27th, 2020. 

We can’t wait to make this the best Spirit awards yet! Stay tuned! We will be announcing the recipients in May!

RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards

The RBC Spirit Awards are an annual event that celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of youth who are making our community, and the world a better place. The event itself is a complete celebration of young people.

Our audience is introduced to an exceptional group of youth who encourage and motivate others, who demonstrate outstanding initiative and creativity, and who have overcome tremendous adversity through their passion for life.

We have the honour and privilege of sharing their incredible stories, passion, and dedication with our guests, in hopes of inspiring others to step up and make a difference in their own communities.

Award Categories

Youth Ottawa is looking for exceptional young people to honour at the upcoming RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards. If you know, or are, a young person helping to make your community a better place, we want to hear from you.

Awards are presented in the following categories: Academic Perseverance, Arts & Culture, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Service & Caring, Strength Through Diversity, Take a Stand and the Max Keeping Award for Personal Courage.

These categories are designed to broaden our appreciation for what is being done in our community from the smallest gesture to international efforts.

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Support young emerging leaders at Ottawa's preeminent Youth Awards!

As leaders in the community, this is a unique opportunity for you to celebrate and give back to tomorrow’s leaders! Download our information package to learn more about the different ways you can get involved with the awards! 

Spirit Stories
2019

Hear from past spirit alumni. Alumni share what the awards meant to them and how they are continuing their work in the community after receiving the award. 

Spirit Stories
2018

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