Promise Awards

Get ready for the most anticipated event of the year—the 2024 Promise Awards! This year, we are thrilled to announce that WYC will host the Promise Awards during the highly anticipated 2024 Annual Virtual Conference. Stay tuned for the exciting reveal of the Conference dates and times, coming soon!

Mark your calendars for April 1st, as we open the nominations for the 2024 Promise Awards. Get ready to be part of a celebration that honors promise, achievement, and excellence. Keep an eye on upcoming announcements in the following weeks for the launch of the nominations, and join us in recognizing the outstanding individuals who embody the spirit of promise in 2024!

Promise Awards Nominations Now Open!

Nominations are now open to Affiliates from April 1 through May 30, 2024. 

Introducing the Promise Awards Nomination Toolkit!

We’re thrilled to unveil the Promise Awards Nomination Toolkit, available now to all Affiliates eager to take part in the 2024 Promise Awards. Packed with instructions, this toolkit will guide you through the process of crafting a nomination that’s ready for submission to the Promise Awards Selection Committee. Before you submit your nomination, be sure to thoroughly review this toolkit. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Tony Galvao at

2023 Promise Awards

The 2023 Promise Awards was shared with a global audience on November 15, 2023. We recognized four recipients and seven honorable mentions in three categories: leaders, programs, and youth. Award recipients were selected from over 50 nominations from WYC members around the globe. Recipients received video storytelling production, a professionally edited video about the recipient and their club, media training, guidance, and support to celebrate this news in their local community, and a grant to the club supporting their programs.

Watch the 2023 Promise Award Celebration in English, Spanish and French!

2023 Promise Award Recipients

2023 Promise Award Honorable Mentions

Promise Awards Hall of Fame


Rebecca Ampah | Leadership Pioneer Award 2022

Dimitris Giannakakis | Leadership Excellence Award 2022

John Lightfoot | Lifetime Leadership Award 2022

STAR English Program | Education Impact Award 2022

Annet | Youth Inspiration Award 2022

Enock | Youth Changemaker Award 2022

Stephen Quansah | Leadership Pioneer Award 2021

Vilma Calderon | Leadership Excellence Award 2021

Education First Initiative | Program Innovation Award 2021

Chadashah Teenage Pregnancy Center | Health Program Impact Award 2021

Jireth | Youth Dream Big Award 2021

Evans | Youth Inspiration Award 2021

Marco | Youth Changemaker Award 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Promise Awards?

The Promise Awards are an annual celebration of leaders, programs and youth making a difference in their clubs and communities. The Promise Awards are a WYC program that recognizes and supports youth club work of members around the world. Award recipients receive a grant to support their continued impact at the Club, as well as a special video storytelling production, and support from WYC to share their story with the world.

What is the award process?

Applications will be reviewed by the Promise Awards selection committee. Nominations are reviewed and sent to the selection committee as they are received. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information after submitting their application, such as photos, detailed explanations, or other proof of accomplishments. Recipients will be contacted after nominations close and will begin working with WYC on event production, including recording a video for the event. Award recipients will be announced at the Promise Awards virtual celebration.

Who can nominate a person or program for the Promise Awards?

Anyone from a WYC member organization, including staff, volunteers, and youth can nominate a leader, program, or youth for a Promise Award. All nominators must notify the club’s leader about the nomination to ensure that your club knows that a person or program was nominated! WYC will contact your Club’s leader after nominations close to confirm the names of individuals and programs nominated for the Promise Awards. If your club leader is a nominee, WYC will not notify the leader of their nomination, but will contact the Board Chair or other members of the leadership team to ensure your Club is aware of the nomination.

How are the Promise Award recipients selected?

The Promise Awards recipients and honorees are selected by the Promise Awards Committee. The committee is a team of volunteers who review nominations and select the recipients and honorable mentions. The committee uses a rubric to assess each nominee’s unique story and application, considering factors like initiative, barriers, and the WYC spirit of youth development.

Who can I contact for more questions?

Contact Tony Galvao, Program Manager at tgalvao@worldyouthclubs.orgor Abby Lemay, Vice President of Impact at