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.


Honorees will be selected by a committee of YMCA leadership volunteers and will be recognized at a safe and socially distanced awards ceremony in early November. 

Each honoree will receive a $2,500 in scholarships to support their academic and leadership pursuits.  If you know an extraordinary teen who exemplifies the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, nominate them for a YMCA of Greater Louisville 2020 Youth Character Award.

Nominations for the 2020 YMCA Youth Character Awards will be accepted through Friday, September 25, 2020. 
Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.