The Youth Awards Celebrate Youth Activists Who Inspire Their Peers and CommunitiesNOMINATE A YOUTH LEADER
The California Endowment Youth Awards were created to celebrate the long-standing efforts and achievements of youth leaders and youth-allied non-profit organizations advancing health and racial equity. These California youth inspire their peers and communities while embodying the values of The California Endowment.
The awards are given in recognition of young leaders whose actions impact public policies, create innovative models of service, strengthen local institutions, and cultivate youth power.
Across the state, young people are leading from the frontlines, taking action, and advancing conversations to create lasting change that will lead to a more equitable and healthy future. The Youth Awards, created in 2018, 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 California.
The Youth Awards honor youth who…
- Engage civically, volunteer locally, advocate for important causes, or encourage engagement among their peers.
- Take brave action when faced with deep-rooted systemic barriers and injustice.
- Have shown up in their community as agents of change.
- Will continue to evolve as leaders in the years ahead.
- Have made a positive impact on their community at large.
The Categories for the 2024 Youth Awards
Voices For Change Award
The Voices for Change Award celebrates the transformative leadership of youth who are achieving racial and health equity through people power. Four youth, one per region, who have done exceptional work in the area of health, justice reform, schools, and inclusive community development will be selected as a recipient.
Four award recipients will receive $3,000 each.LEARN MORE & NOMINATE
Youth Power Partner Awards
The Youth Power Partner Award celebrates non-profit organizations who are cultivating pathways for youth power. The organization selected can be a youth-led advocacy organization or an adult ally-led organization supporting youth voice and power.
Four non-profit organizations will each receive $10,000.LEARN MORE & NOMINATE
Brandon Harrison Youth Visionary Award
The Brandon Harrison Youth Visionary Award recognizes an exceptional young person who has overcome challenges and obstacles to battle back from trauma and place themselves and their community on a path toward success. Brandon Harrison was a youth activist from Stockton, California who was a member of TCE’s President’s Youth Council. In his memory and legacy, this award celebrates young activists who are carrying on the fight for health and racial justice.
One award recipient will receive $10,000.LEARN MORE & NOMINATE
Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Sacramento, Shasta, Trinity
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare
Los Angeles County
Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, San Diego
Window to nominate
October 25, 2023 —
December 22, 2023 (11:59pm PST)
To ensure your nominee is considered for the Youth Awards, your entry form must be complete in every section and adhere to the rules listed.
Reviewing each nomination is a Selection Committee comprised of California youth leaders participating in a social change philanthropy initiative. The Selection Committee will follow a standardized judging process. In early June 2024, we’ll be announcing the winners. Applying for the Youth Awards will require a commitment from the nominator to follow nomination instructions and complete each section of the entry form. Multiple nominations will not be accepted, so we encourage nominators to align and collaborate on submitting one nomination.
December 22, 2023
Final day to submit a nomination is December 22, 2023 (11:59pm PST). No late submissions will be accepted.
February - May 2024
Selection Committee to review all nominations.
July 27, 2024
Great News! The 2024 TCE Youth Awards is scheduled to take place in-person in Los Angeles, CA. We will celebrate the leadership of youth from throughout California who are advancing health and racial equity in their communities.
2022 Youth Award Winners
2020 Youth Award Winners
VOICES FOR CHANGE AWARDS
Mya Edwards PeñaLos Angeles, CA
Peter EliasStockton, CA
Kimberly AmayaLong Beach, CA
Jennifer LicoLos Angeles, CA
Chiqui DiazSan Rafael, CA
Bernadette LimSan Francisco, CA
YOUTH POWER PARTNER AWARD
California Immigrant Youth Justice AllianceAdult Ally-Led
Somos Familia ValleAdult Ally-Led
Brandon Harrison Visionary Award
Daniel MendozaOakland, CA
2018 Youth Award Winners
COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS AWARD
Gabriella ClaroBoyle Heights
David CeledonCentral Santa Ana
Paw WahCity Heights
Avi CritzDel Norte
Xochtil LariosEast Oakland
Xitlaali CastellanosEast Salinas
Simon MooreCoachella Valley
Spencer LaraLong Beach
Jacqueline MartinezAt-large (unafilliated)
Tahara ReynoldsAt-large (unafilliated)
Chyna PatzSouth Kern
Nalleli CoboSouth LA
Guadalupe Reyes CalderonRichmond
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AWARD
Comite Civico Del Valle Inc
BRANDON HARRISON VISIONARY AWARD
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