Milton youth awards

The Milton Youth Task Force (MYTF) is recognizing the contributions of young people in Milton, as well as businesses, agencies and organizations who support youth, through youth awards. The purpose of the awards is to promote a positive image of young people and to generate awareness of the valuable contributions that youth and supportive adults make in our community.

The community is invited to nominate local grade 7 to 12 students for a 2024 Milton Youth Award. Nominations can be submitted online and are open from Feb. 7 to March 15.

Award categories

Milton Youth Champion of the Year

Awarded to a youth who is an engaged member of the Milton Community, exhibiting strong leadership skills and a drive to improve the community. Nominees from all categories will also be eligible.

• This award will be handed to one of the award winners from another category.

Youth Artist of the Year

Awarded to a youth demonstrating a long-term commitment to the arts, who has used their talents for the benefit of the community in one or more of these areas; multimedia , theatre, dance, music, and visual arts 

Youth Athlete of the Year

Awarded to a youth who exemplifies good sportsmanship who has made an exceptional contribution to the sporting community, on and off the field.

Youth Support of the Year

Awarded to an individual, organization, or business working to support, mentor and encourage youth. They value youth engagement and the role it plays in helping youth grow to be positive citizens in our community.

Youth Eco Activist of the Year

Awarded to a youth who exhibits care and discern for the environment and is actively trying to leave the planet as a better place for future generations.

Youth Change-Maker of the Year

Awarded to an individual who demonstrates advocacy and awareness for social change within the community, for global issues.

Youth Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to a youth-run business owner who has demonstrated a passion for the youth of their community, inclusive business practices, and dedication to growing their small business

Youth Mentor of the Year

Awarded to a youth who works with and mentors peers and/or future leaders (children) in their community, whether as a tutor, instructor, coach-in-training etc.

Outstanding Youth Group of the Year

Awarded to any group that collaborates to make a positive impact within the community; an after school group, a community youth group, or a group of friends who are paving positive pathways.

Rising Leader of the Year (Age 12-14 only)

Awarded to a youth who started an initiative which made a positive impact within their community, showing growing leadership skills and outstanding potential as representatives of the community.

The 2023 youth award recipients were announced on May 4, 2023.

Other awards

Play Works is the Ontario partnership for active and engaged youth and has recognized the Town of Milton as a Gold Level Youth Friendly Community. This recognition program works to acknowledge great work in communities for youth aged 13 to 19 when it comes to play. The Milton community was successful in meeting nine out of the 10 criteria required for this designation. 

Play can be anything youth participate in during their spare time, such as:

  • Sports
  • Recreation
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Art
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership development
  • Service leadership
  • Civic engagement