Celebrating young leaders who are dedicated to making positive change

The Prince’s Youth Service Awards

In September 2015, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Prince’s Charities Canada, and We Day announced a brand new awards program to honour exceptional young Canadians who are taking positive action at home and abroad.

The Prince’s Youth Service Awards, sponsored by RBC, encourage lasting commitment to social action by Canada’s youth.  The awards honour a commitment to changing the world from a new generation of young leaders and inspire young people across Canada to strive for a brighter future.

The Prince’s Youth Service Awards recognize Canadian youth aged 5 to 18 for achievements in four categories: Local Community Development, Global Action, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.

The winner in each of the four categories receives a hand-carved award statue designed personally by His Royal Highness. They also receive an invitation to participate in a transformative leadership development program and a bursary towards bringing their ideas to life.

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“It is so important that these efforts be recognised and celebrated, and that is what these awards set out to do. The motivation, commitment and dedication of the winners is truly inspiring and they make me enormously proud of what Canada’s remarkable young people can achieve.”

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

2016 Winners

WE Are Community Leaders

Faith Dickinson, Douro-Drummer, ON
Faith’s foundation, Cuddles for Cancer, sends Cuddle blankets to cancer patients and Canadian soldiers. So far she has made over 2,000 blankets that have been sent around the world, including Canada, France, Brazil, Australia and Africa.

WE Are Agents of Sustainability

Jessica Mayes, Pierson, MB
Jessica helped found the Sustainability Group at her school in the hopes of improving her school’s eco footprint. So far they have implemented a compost program, updated recycling bins with new water tight collection bins and introduced reusable burlap recycling bags.

WE Are Global Leaders

Ashley Murphy, Ajax, ON
Ashley has made her mark globally by speaking about growing up with HIV. Through her talks, she hopes to break the social stigma around HIV and one day end mother to child AIDS transmission.

WE Are Social Innovators

Brennan Wong, Richmond Hill, ON
Pledges for Change, founded by Wong in 2013, empowers Canadian youth to take action around the world. The online community allows youth to pledge action, share experiences and raise awareness of issues with their peers.