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What are the TCE Youth Awards?

The California Endowment (TCE) Youth Awards will celebrate young leaders across the state who embody the qualities of the California Endowment through community engagement and social service. The TCE Youth Awards will be a first-of-its-kind event, celebrating the long-standing efforts and achievements of youth and youth groups throughout California.

When and where will the TCE Youth Awards take place?

The TCE Youth Awards will take place from 5–9pm on October 20, 2018 at the California Endowment’s Los Angeles location.

When can I submit nominations?

The nomination window is now closed.

When will finalists and winners be announced?

TCE Youth Awards Finalists will be announced in the summer of 2018. Winners will be contacted the following week, and made public on October 20, 2018 at the TCE Youth Awards ceremony. For a full timeline of the nomination process, click here.

How were the award categories determined?

Our four award categories were created to honor the achievements that young individuals and groups have made in the journey toward better health for their local communities and, in some cases, across the state:

  1. Community Champions Award
  2. Brandon Harrison Visionary Award
  3. Healthy Communities Award
  4. Healthy California Award

To honor young people working with the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative, we will award fourteen Community Champions Awards to a young leader at all 14 BHC sites statewide. To be inclusive of those not directly affiliated with this initiative, we will also offer a fifteenth Community Champions Award to one young person working at large in California in the name of improved health.

For one other outstanding individual in California, we will award the Brandon Harrison Visionary Award, named in honor of Brandon Harrison, a youth leader who, after escaping the grip of gang affiliation, became heavily involved in TCE’s Schools Not Prisons initiative. Brandon tragically lost his life in a shooting in 2017. Young leaders who have led their communities selflessly despite facing significant adversity will be considered for this award.

Our Healthy Communities and Healthy California awards seek to honor youth-led organizations working to improve health outcomes at the local level as well as statewide.

How can a young person be nominated for the TCE Youth Awards?

Do you know a young person between the ages of 13 and 26 who is doing remarkable things for their community? If so, regardless of whether you are a proud mom, an impressed teacher, an enthused administrator – you name it – if you want to nominate someone, you can.

Can I nominate myself?

No. While you may not nominate yourself, anyone can submit a nomination on your behalf. Consider asking a mentor, teacher, friend, or family member.

How can a youth-led organization be nominated?

If you know of a youth-led organization locally that deserves recognition, first determine whether their work effects change at the local or statewide level. If the organization does work more locally, anyone can nominate it for the Healthy Communities Award. If its work is statewide, then it should be nominated for the Healthy California Award.

What exactly do you mean by "youth-led?"

That’s a great question. In fact, we ask you the same question in the nomination form. We know different organizations are “youth-led” in different ways. Some are made up entirely of young people; others do work that empowers young people locally. Ultimately, it will be up to you to communicate the ways in which the organization you’re nominating empowers youth.

Are there cash prizes?

Yes, and you can see the full details below:

  • Fifteen Community Champions will receive $3,000 each;
  • One youth-led organization that winsthe Healthy Communities will receive $10,000;
  • One youth-led organization that wins the Healthy California Awards will receive $10,000; and
  • The first-ever Brandon Harrison Visionary Award winner will receive $15,000.

How can I attend?

Attendance will be limited to award winners and their families, as well as individuals directly involved with the California Endowment and Building Healthy Communities. If you’d like to watch a livestream of the event, follow our social media channels to find the appropriate link closer to the awards ceremony.

How can I stay up to date on the TCE Youth Awards?

You can follow the TCE Youth Awards on Facebook and Instagram. You can follow the California Endowment on Twitter and Facebook. You can also check back on the website for updates on nominations, finalists, and awards ceremony information.

How can I get involved?

If you want to be involved with our work, the best way is to reach out to your local Building Healthy Communities site and help with their efforts in improving health outcomes in your community. To find a full list of Building Healthy Communities sites in California, click here.

Who is organizing the TCE Youth Awards?

The TCE Youth Awards planning committee consists of three teams, each convening regularly to produce a thoughtful and inspiring and event: staff members and executives at the California Endowment, a small team at a communications firm called RALLY, and three youth liaisons at the President’s Youth Council, who work to capture youth energy at every stage of the event’s planning. The TCE Youth Awards truly are for youth, by youth.

How are young people involved at the leadership level?

The production liaisons of the President’s Youth Council have been involved in nearly every aspect of planning for the TCE Youth Awards. Their contributions have included providing feedback on creative decisions, pitching ideas for activities at the event, and collaborating on what types of awards should be handed out.

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