Looking for a contest to showcase your dedication to community service? Or to motivate yourself to do something meaningful and helpful in your community? Well, have no fear - the Youth Change Agent (YCA) Awards program may be potential opportunity to pursue.
Hosted by venture capitalist firm Ovo Fund and some local venture capital leaders, the YCA awards will be the first of a kind focused on youth leaders within the community. Most other awards today are for adults leading programs for youth growth and development.
According to Eric Chen, a partner at Ovo Fund, the program wants to recognize high school students who are attempting to transform the community. The award is designed to encourage students to unleash their creativity to solve issues affecting our community. The annual awards is targeted to high school students who are residents of the Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Specifically, the program recognizes up to three teams for innovative projects they have done. The prize is $1000 per team.
To apply to the YCA Awards Program, one must have performed a minimum of 40 hours of community service, complete the application (typically an essay describing your project and its impact, approximately 500 to 650 words), have a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or local leader (non-family), and be a high school student residing at a Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto and Menlo Park mailing address.
Recent winners and their innovative projects include:
Manat Kaur - Object - An organization empowering young girls by exposing them to successful women role models.
Mia Lawrence - Black Student Union leader helping create awareness of challenges of this community within Mountain View High School.
Ria Saxena - Breakdown News - Addressing fake news challenge by educating the youth at scale with technology.
This year, the awards will be held annually around the April/May timeframe. The awards application process may change from year to year.