Since 2004, By Youth For Youth (BYFY) benefit concerts have achieved great success in raising funds for charities including the Canadian Red Cross. During the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, local talented young musicians and artists came together and performed on the stage of BYFY concerts and raised more than $20,000 in total for children affected by the natural disasters.

BYFY concerts, organized by the Ottawa Association of Chinese-Canadian University Alumni (OACCUA), have since become a trademark in the community. Because of the high caliber of the performers featured, the BYFY concerts have attracted major media attention, both in the mainstream media, as well as in the Chinese community papers. Supported by high-profile emcees including reporter from CTV and guest musician from the NAC, these concerts have become not only a platform to showcase local talents, but also a source for community spirit when everyone works together for great causes. OACCUA is very thankful to the Ottawa Citizen and CTV news crew, who have helped draw full-house audiences from all backgrounds in support of BYFY.

 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of OACCUA. This year the association has joined forces with an even wider circle of other community associations, as well as all three university/college student associations in Ottawa, to host the 4th edition of “By Youth For Youth” concert. The benefiting charities this time are the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund and United Way, the latter of which will support youth literature and arts programs, including expanding scholarships to participants at the OttawaKiwanis Music Festival.