Outstanding Youth Achievement


UNACTO's Outstanding Youth Achievement Award was created in the spirit of the Canadian Youth Policy to support the achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Youth 2030 Strategy. 


Youth within the GTA are a catalyst for change locally and globally. This award recognizes those in our community working to build a sustainable future.  


Our first ever award ceremony takes place in April 2020, when we mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Award Categories

The Challenger

Youth that overcame social obstacles while seizing opportunities to call those in power to action.

The Influencer

Youth that leverages their 21st-century skills to impact the community at large.

The Innovator

Youth developing a technology solution to tackle one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Leader

Youth demonstrating strong leadership skills towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Rules and Regulations

  • Nominees age group between 15 to 24 years old.

  • There will be no self-nomination. The committee will discard entries for self-nomination when found.

  • An open call for nominations for the various categories will be put out for a period of 4 weeks.

  • We reserve the right to move an entry to a different category from the category entered if the entry is better suited to that category.

  • All nominations must be submitted using the online nominating process. Nominations and supporting materials must be received no later than the date specified. Extensions to this date will be granted if needed.

  • Each category would consist of not more than 4 finalists.

  • Nominations may be made by any persons or groups who can attest to their qualifications for such an award.

  • Winners will NOT be notified prior to 15-03-2020; however, all nominations must be accompanied by the name of the person who will be accepting the award if the nominee is chosen as the winner.

  • Each winner is expected to accept their award on stage at the awards ceremony.

  • It should be assumed and noted that all events will be filmed for distribution and promotion purposes. By attending any of our events, you acknowledge awareness of this statement and release UNACTO, its owner, operators, officers, and duly designated representatives operating in either an official or unofficial capacity free from any liability regarding your image, including use and distribution.

  • All entries become the permanent property of the UNACTO Outstanding Youth Achievement Award organizers. Entrants may be contacted occasionally by the organizers via email, unless the entrant notifies the organizers otherwise, for the purpose of informing the entrant of promotional opportunities and follow-ups on nominee’s entries.

  • At any point in the Contest, an entrant may be disqualified at the discretion of the Award Committee if the entrant is unable to meet the requirements in a timely manner. This may include being unavailable for interviews or fact-checking. Entrants may also be disqualified, or Award will be retrieved if it is determined that the nomination form misrepresents the entrant’s achievements in any way.

Nomination Form

Award Category
Nominee Type


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