Dear Friends of The California Endowment,
No discussion on the history of social progress in the United States is complete without mention of the efforts of inspiring young people of all backgrounds. From the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights Movement to this year’s March For Our Lives, young leaders have always paved the way for groups of people who have been marginalized, oppressed, or otherwise unjustly treated.
Here in California, young people are true agents of change. They’ve marched for gun safety, advocated for clean parks, fought for criminal justice reform, and defended health care as a right for all. The California Endowment, Building Healthy Communities, and a wide range of partner organizations across the state strive to engage young residents not only because young people are often best equipped to identify inequities in their communities, but also because they have proven themselves to be highly effective change makers.
Through the TCE Youth Awards, we will acknowledge and reward young leaders for their health advocacy across California. With help from the President’s Youth Council, the program has been designed from conception to implementation by and for youth. The award categories and selection criteria reflect the values we all share, guided by TCE’s four North Star goals.
Fifteen Community Champion Awards will be given out, one for a young leader at each of BHC’s fourteen sites and one for a youth at-large, each coming with a $3,000 prize. Additionally, one young leader who has overcome significant adversity will take home the Brandon Harrison Youth Visionary Award, which comes with a $15,000 prize. Finally, groups that work with youth at the local and statewide level may be considered for two organizational awards, each coming with a $10,000 prize.
The nomination form is quick, simple, and to the point. With a June 18th deadline – just under a week away – I hope that you take a few moments to submit a nomination on someone’s behalf. With just a little time and effort, you could drastically change a young person’s life.