Across U-CAN Youth Awards 2023

Everyone talks about the importance of investing in youth because they are the future. The question is, what makes a good investment? In today’s result-driven world, many deem success as one that yields high return. But as a community youth organization, Across also sees the importance of learning from the process over outcome. That’s why we’re creating the Across U-CAN Youth Awards to recognize the humble yet inspiring journeys behind the making of our future leaders. If you are under the age of 35, and have undergone a meaningful life transformation, made contributions to your community, or have gone through the discovery of your cultural identity, we encourage you to apply for one of the Across U-CAN Awards by sharing your stories. Nominations of others are also welcome!

Results of Across U-Can Youth Awards 2023

Nominee Eligibility

By the date of nomination deadline – September 25, 2023, the nominee is:

  • aged 16-35
  • currently residing/living in Canada

Nominations are valid only for the year in which they are submitted.

Each award category has a unique set of criteria, please select the award heading and review the list of criteria for that award.

Nomination Procedures

Please send a completed Application Form and Nominee’s narrative in one of the following prescribed formats, to [email protected].

  • Written Submission (Up to a maximum of 1,000 words, available in either English or Chinese)
  • OR

  • Audio Submission (Maximum duration of 5 minutes)
  • OR

  • Video Submission (Maximum duration of 5 minutes)

Awards Selection

An Award Selection Committee will review nominations and select recipients for each award category. Award recipients will be publicized and the awards presentation will be taken place at the Across U-hub annual Celebration and Fundraising Gala on November 12, 2023 (Sunday).

Awards Criteria

Across U-Can GROW Award

This award is for one who has overcome a life challenge, demonstrated significant personal growth, and made an impact on others.

Suggested Questions for Nominee’s Narrative

  1. What challenges did you face?
  2. What motivated you to change?
  3. What difficulties did you encounter, and how did you conquer them?
  4. How has this change impacted yourself and/or others?

Across U-Can BUILD Award

This award is for one who has made a meaningful, transformative impact on the community.

Suggested Questions for Nominee’s Narrative

  1. What issue(s) did the community face that you sought to address?
  2. What motivated you to address the issue(s), and what actions did you take?
  3. What difficulties did you encounter, and how did you conquer them?
  4. How have your actions impacted the community and/or yourself?
    (If possible, provide a brief testimonial of the impact you have had on the community. This can be written, audio or video.)
    這種改變如何影響了社區和/或你自己? (可提供一些你在社區產生影響的見證。簡短描述文字、音頻或短片形式均可。)

Across U-Can BRIDGE Award

This award is for one who has undergone a journey in the understanding of their cultural identity, leading to cultural contributions to the community.

Suggested Questions for Nominee’s Narrative

  1. How have you struggled with your cultural identity?
  2. What motivated you to better understand and appreciate your roots and cultural identity?
  3. Describe your journey in discovering your roots, reclaiming your cultural identity, and reconciling the differences between the eastern and western cultures.
  4. How has this journey led you to contribute to the cultural identity of your community?

Note: The nominee can be nominated in more than one award.