Since 1997, Youth Ottawa (formerly Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa) has been the proud host of the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards. The Spirit Awards are an annual event that celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of youth who are making our community, and the world, a better place. 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.


Awards are presented in seven categories to reflect many different areas of interest and to promote a more positive image of youth within the community. These categories include Academic Perseverance, Arts & Culture, Entrepreneurship & Innovation,  Service & Caring, Strength Through Diversity, Take a Stand and the Max Keeping Award for Courage. There are two recipients in each category who receive a bursary of $1000.00 each, to be used for the advancement of academics or social enterprise in line with the values of Youth Ottawa.

This year’s awards were made possible through the generous support from our sponsors.