Across U-CAN Youth Awards 2023 - List of Awardees

Introduced in 2023, Across U-CAN Youth Awards endeavours to acknowledge the modest yet inspiring journeys that underlie the development of our future leaders. By shining a spotlight on the frequently untold stories of young individuals who have experienced significant life transformations, contributed to their communities, and embarked on a voyage of self-discovery and cultural identity, these awards celebrate their achievements.

Young people represent the future of a country, their creativity and fresh minds could become the main driving force of change and progress. Across U-hub has always believed in the youth’s ability to learn and grow from challenges, this year the very first Across U-CAN Youth Awards with three categories was created with the theme “I Believe You Can”.

The Awards Presentation was held at the Across U-hub annual Celebration and Fundraising Gala on November 12, 2023 (Sunday), with more than 520 friends and supporters of Across U-hub to witness the inspiring journeys in life of the five future young leaders.

List of Awardees and Their Stories

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Across U-CAN GROW Award

Presented to individuals who have overcome a life challenge, demonstrated significant personal growth, and made an impact on others.

Seungwon (Jay) Woo

Jay, a high school student, has had ongoing experiences with memory-related challenges. His journey highlights his passion for learning and underscores the significance of pursuing one’s interests despite facing difficulties. Jay acknowledges the value of regret in motivating his personal growth. He is determined to continue learning despite suffering from memory loss.

Judy Tran

Judy’s upbringing fueled her determination to escape poverty through education. With three degrees, she found a deep passion for teaching and community engagement. As a medical laboratory technologist, she contributes to patient care, and her part-time research explores indoor environmental quality’s impact on social housing residents.

Across U-CAN BUILD Award

Presented to individuals who have made a meaningful, transformative impact on the community.

Natalie Kwan

Natalie, an international student, recognized the challenges faced by special needs children during the pandemic. She co-founded an initiative for inclusive education in marginalized communities. Leading a team of young volunteers, they provided music therapy sessions, engaging over 200 volunteers and collaborating with schools in multiple cities, earning recognition and awards for their dedication to inclusive education and personal growth.

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Eddie Zhang

Eddie volunteers with a community initiative in Hamilton, serving hot meals, sandwiches, clothing, and books to those experiencing homelessness. The initiative has grown from serving 35 to 400 people weekly. Eddie finds deep fulfillment in witnessing kindness and forming connections with fellow volunteers. Despite challenges like increasing demand and limited resources, he remains committed to supporting the organization’s mission.

Across U-CAN BRIDGE Award

Presented to an individual who has undergone a journey in the understanding of their cultural identity, leading to cultural contributions to the community.

Sylvia Chan

Sylvia, journey began in a Hong Kong immigrant family, received special education support during her elementary years. She pursued a teaching career in her undergraduate studies and opened three art studios by 2023. She also founded a non-profit organization empowering children with disabilities and marginalized communities through art, driven by her passion for the arts’ transformative power in transcending language and cultural barriers.

Gallery of Awards Presentation

We would like to thank all the applicants of this year for sharing of their encouraging stories.

The end of this year's Across U-CAN Youth Awards does not mean the end of your inspiring journey, we hope to hear the development of your stories in the near future.

Sincere Thanks

The Across U-CAN Youth Awards Committee would like to thank the following sponsor who have greatly contributed toward the success of the Across U-CAN Youth Awards in 2023.

Across U-Can Youth Awards Sponsor