Youth Award Winners 2020

Across the state, young people are standing at the frontlines, taking action, and leading conversations to create lasting change that will lead to a more equitable and healthy future. To recognize and celebrate the young changemakers and youth-allied organizations that have made a tremendous impact on improving the health of their communities and across the state of California, The California Endowment created the Youth Awards in 2018. Now in 2020, we are pleased to announce our second cohort of Youth Awards winners. 

This year, we received over 200 incredibly worthy nominees. After a difficult deliberation process, the 2020 Youth Awards winners were chosen by the Selection Committee – composed of three President’s Youth Council members, three 2018 Youth Awards winners, and nine adult civic leaders – for embodying the values of leadership, innovation, sustainability, and impact. A complete list of the award winners can be found below.

We will be hosting a virtual event from 6-8pm PT on December 9th to recognize this amazing cohort of winners and celebrate youth power. Please join us in congratulating each of the winners and attending the virtual celebration; you can RSVP here

More about each winner’s efforts will be shared on our TCE Youth Awards Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles over the coming weeks. 


2020 Youth Awards Winners


Voices for Change Award Winners (By Issue Category)

  • Education: Mya Edwards-Peña
  • Ending Mass Incarceration: Peter Elias
  • Environmental Justice: Kimberly Amaya
  • Immigration: Jennifer Lico
  • Inclusive Community Development: Bernadette Lim
  • LGBTQ & Gender Justice: Chiqui Diaz             


Community Power Partner Award Winners

  • Youth-Led: California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
  • Adult Ally-Led: Somos Familia Valle 


Brandon Harrison Visionary Award Winner

  • Brandon Harrison Visionary Award Winner: Daniel Mendoza


Learn how we are using the immense power in belonging to help build a healthier, more just California for All.

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health and racial
equity in California

Health Systems

Our health system works best when every Californian has access to quality and affordable health care.

Justice Reinvestment

Re-imagining a criminal justice system that centers on prevention and healing.

Inclusive Community Development

Our communities and neighborhoods thrive when policies advance health and racial equity for all Californians.

Power Infrastructure

Building Power in resilient communities across the state for a stronger California.


Academic achievement, inclusive learning environments and health go hand in hand.