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Entering its 18th year, the Youth Awards honor Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including:

  • Business & Entrepreneurship (Presented by BBVA Compass)
  • Community Service (Presented by Colgate-Palmolive)
  • Education (Presented by Southwest Airlines, Official Airline of the Youth Awards)
  • Engineering (Presented by ExxonMobil)
  • Healthcare & Science (Presented by CVS Health)
  • Mathematical Science (Presented by PwC)

Three awards for each student category and one parent award are given in each of the regions across the country. One Regional Award winning student from each category and parent will be selected as the National Youth Award recipient in his or her respective category.

The 2016 Youth Awards Regional Ceremonies are:

Chicago, Nov. 3, 2016, Loyola University

Dallas, Nov. 15, 2016, Southern Methodist University

San Jose, Nov. 29, 2016, Stanford University

Phoenix, Dec. 1, 2016, University of Arizona – College of Medicine

New York City, Dec. 5, 2016, City University of New York

Atlanta, Dec. 6, 2016, Georgia Tech

Miami, Dec. 8, 2016, University of Miami

Houston, TBD

Los Angeles, TBD

Washington, DC, TBD


Youth Awards begin with a high-profile, national search through a celebrity-based multimedia campaign that includes partnerships with more than 5,000 high schools and hundreds of colleges, media, elected officials, businesses and organizations. Approximately 10,000 applications are collected from qualified juniors who are honored as seniors in the fall (even applicants not selected are invited to join the LOFT network).

Students have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher, and they are promoted as role models to inspire others and shatter negative stereotypes. Youth Awardees can receive grants for education or community projects to encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship.

From November through December, recipients are honored in the categories (three students per category in each of the regions) at top universities.

In addition, a parent will be honored in each region for the “Learning Hero” award after being nominated by youth awardees thanks to Learning Hero.

Youth Awards regions include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, San Jose, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, DC. Begin your 2016 Youth Awards application today!

After regional ceremonies, a student and a parent are selected as national recipients in each category and celebrated at the National Youth Awards with a celebrity also receiving an award for serving as a role model. The 2015 National Youth Awards took place in Beverly Hills, California in February 2016.

Influential audiences of business and community leaders, elected officials, parents and surprise guests – which have included President Obama, Laura Bush, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, Becky G and America Ferrera – gather to honor the students.