TCE Youth Awards

The Youth Awards Celebrate Youth Activists Who Inspire Their Peers And Communities

Peers, mentors, friends, classmates, and colleagues may nominate outstanding young leaders for the 2022 TCE Youth Awards.

Join us in Congratulating the Winners of the 2022 TCE Youth Awards!

Meet The Winners

The California Endowment Youth Awards were created to celebrate the long-standing efforts and achievements of youth leaders and youth-allied non-profit organizations that are 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 2022 Youth Awards Categories

Brandon Harrison Youth Visionary Award

The Brandon Harrison Youth Visionary Award recognizes an exceptional youth 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.


Youth Power Partner Award

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 award recipients will receive $10,000 each.


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. One youth per region who has 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. 





Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Sacramento, Shasta, Trinity



Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County



Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, San Diego

Window to nominate

December 1, 2021 (9am PST) —
January 28, 2022 (5pm 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.

Each nomination will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of youth leaders, issue advocates, and adult allies. The Selection Committee will follow a standardized judging process. Winners will be announced in early June 2022. Applying for the Youth Awards will require a commitment from the nominator to follow nomination instructions and complete each section of the entry form.


January 28, 2022

Final day to submit a nomination is January 28, 2022 (5pm PST). No late submissions will be accepted.

February - May 2022

Selection Committee to review all nominations.

June 2022

Winners announced.

July 23, 2022

Great News! The 2022 TCE Youth Awards is scheduled to take place in-person in Oakland, CA. We will celebrate the leadership of youth from throughout California who are advancing health and racial equity in their communities.

2020 Youth Award Winners

Voices for Change Awards
  • Mya Edwards Peña

    Los Angeles, CA
  • Peter Elias

    Stockton, CA
  • Kimberly Amaya

    Long Beach, CA
  • Jennifer Lico

    Los Angeles, CA
  • Chiqui Diaz

    San Rafael, CA
  • Bernadette Lim

    San Francisco, CA
Youth Power Partner Award
  • California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

    Adult Ally-Led
  • Somos Familia Valle

    Adult Ally-Led
Brandon Harrison Visionary Award
  • Daniel Mendoza

    Oakland, CA

2018 Youth Award Winners

Community Champions Award
  • Gabriella Claro

    Boyle Heights
  • David Celedon

    Central Santa Ana
  • Danyeal Escobar

  • Paw Wah

    City Heights
  • Avi Critz

    Del Norte
  • Xochtil Larios

    East Oakland
  • Xitlaali Castellanos

    East Salinas
  • Simon Moore

    Coachella Valley
  • Spencer Lara

    Long Beach
  • Jacqueline Martinez

    At-large (unafilliated)
  • Tahara Reynolds

    At-large (unafilliated)
  • Jahiem Jones

  • Yeshahyah Yisrael

  • Chyna Patz

    South Kern
  • Nalleli Cobo

    South LA
  • Guadalupe Reyes Calderon

Healthy Communities Award
  • Comite Civico Del Valle Inc

  • Students Deserve

Brandon Harrison Visionary Award
  • Tisha Ortiz