The Y is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other, through programs focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The YMCA Youth Character Awards are an opportunity to recognize teens in our community who incorporate the Y values into their everyday lives, demonstrate exceptional leadership and stand as examples to those around them.

At the Y, our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are not just a way of thinking – they are an integral part of who we are. They are the essential principles that unite and guide our behavior, our interactions with one another and our decisions.


We are proud to announce our 2020 YMCA Youth Character Award honorees. These students were an impressive group who clearly embody the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
  • Sarah Burbank
  • Sophie Calvert
  • Richard Chandler
  • Andrew Dunn
  • Amiyah Hawkins
  • Claire Lindemier
  • Jacob Marsili
  • Abdullahi Otun
  • Brooklyn Roller
  • Allie Senn
  • Maleah Spaulding
  • Ryan Wiseman
  • Lily York

To hear the stories behind these outstanding area teens and see highlights from the 2020 YMCA Youth Character Awards event, please visit our Youth Character Awards Adobe Spark page.
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