30 Under 30 Initiative

The 1st annual OCN 30 Under 30 Campaign is currently underway!  During the campaign, we ask our members to nominate Orthodox emerging leaders.  OCN is looking to find candidates that are women and men featured from your own communities in North America.  Orthodox Christian Network will hold its first 30 Under 30 event in 2017. This event recognizes 30 emerging leaders under the age of 30 who demonstrate impact personally and/or professionally through their exceptional leadership in North America.

30 Under 30 is an opportunity to show support for and invest in this next generation of trailblazers.  We want to hear from young entrepreneurs and leaders that exemplify Christian Values in their lives and those lives that they touch.  This group of adults are changing the way of our Orthodox Christian Future.  You can nominate anyone in North America.  The process is easy. Fill out the nomination form and let us do the rest! Your nominee will receive an email from one of  OCN’s Digital Disciples congratulating them on being recommended for the award. The email will also contain additional information about the process.

Nominate an Orthodox Emerging Leader 

Keep your Orthodox values strong and share the value of OCN’s 30 Under 30 Initiative with your colleagues by nominating someone today! #spotlight #myocn #OCN30Under30

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More About the Initiative

The Initiative aligns the mission of OCN, outreach and operations in an effort to develop, demonstrate and encourage Orthodox young adults — throughout North America and the world.

Eleni Alexiou, Managing Director, under the direction of OCN’s Board of Directors has launched the OCN 30Under30 Initiative in Dec 2016. Building on existing efforts and creating new collaborations among Orthodox Christians throughout North America and OCN’s Strategic Partners, The initiative draws on Orthodox leadership in the fields of medicine, nutrition, science, public policy, social science, humanities, arts and law, among others.

The initiative aims to:

  • Identify best practices and share widely within young adults in the nation and the world;
  • Use the power of community  to help individuals and communities access Orthodox media in a modern world, develop resources for youth to aspire towards
  • Increase young adult engagement in Orthodoxy and Programming.

30 Under 30 – Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible to win?

Any Orthodox Christian that carries their Orthodox Values and is age 30 or under, living within North American working or studying that is an emerging leader in their field.

2.  How can I nominate my friend/my colleague/myself?

Simply fill out the nomination form.  30 Under 30 will be in touch with questions.

3. What materials do I need to win?

Finalists will be asked to submit 200 words on why they should win, as well as links, articles, papers and/or marketing materials that support their efforts. Finalists will also be required to submit one picture of themselves.

4. How are winners selected?

The nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee, with the top 30 individuals identified as the winners. The selection committee will evaluate several different areas including, but not limited to, progress and success at achieving goals; impact on the community; visibility and scale-ability.  The selection committee is comprised of 10 individuals from both the OCN Media Ministry and outside experts.

5. Will I need to be present?

No, a selection panel will choose the winner based on the nominations and submissions by the nominee.

6. How will I be notified if I am a finalist or winner?

30 Under 30 will inform finalists in April and winners will be celebrated  in June.

7.  What is the prize?

The 30 winners will be recognized in an announcement in June and to attend an award ceremony on June 3rd, 2017 at Hellenic College Holy Cross Boston, MA.   Tickets available for purchase coming soon!

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