CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET CALLA!

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CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET CALLA!

To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Young Minds Advocacy is hosting our 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy — a celebration to support local artists, counter stigma, and honor mental health advocates who change lives!

Our next Creative Advocacy awardee is Calla Peltier-Olson, a longtime TAY advocate and community organizer. Read on to find out why!

Calla Peltier-Olson is a community organizer, national trainer, and peer support leader. Growing up in McKinleyville California, her experiences of poverty, mental health struggles, sexualized violence, and homophobia/transphobia inform her work. She is deeply committed to racial & economic justice, and using her privilege to support the work of marginalized people and communities.

As a young leader, she is outspoken, dynamic, and a catalyst for change in her community and beyond. Calla is a Youth Organizer for the Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration (HCTAYC)  and a former Youth Advisory Board Member. In these capacities, she works tirelessly to support youth in transforming systems, guide initiatives, and train at local, state, and national levels. As a board member for California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY), she has played a pivotal role in organizing the Youth Track for the CMHACY conference. A member of the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence since 2010, she has served as both President and Board Treasurer, working to serve Queer & Trans communities in rural Northern California through a social justice focused interfaith ministry.

Her work bridges policy and experience — she is a member of SAMHSA’s National LGBTQI2-S Workgroup, a subject matter expert for Out4MentalHealth, and was honored by SAMHSA at the 2014 & 2015 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Event, where she shared her story, and highlighted effective interventions and programs.

We’re honored to recognize your work, Calla!

Who else will we be recognizing for their advocacy efforts? Stay tuned for more updates on our Creative Advocacy 2018 Event Page and buy tickets here!

Join The Party!

To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Young Minds Advocacy is hosting our 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy — a celebration to support local artists, counter stigma, and honor mental health advocates who change lives!

Join us as we continue to reveal our 2018 Creative Advocacy Awardees — youth and adult leaders who work tirelessly to improve young people’s wellness. We’ll have an art exhibit, live music, raffle, food and drinks, and a photo booth for guests to enjoy.

In past years, Creative Advocacy has brought together several hundred community members and featured hundreds of pieces of youth art. This year will be even more impactful!

Check out the event: www.ymadvocacy.org/ca-event-2018/

Buy tickets: https://creativeadvocacy2018.eventbrite.com

We hope to see you there!

CREATIVE ADVOCACY 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT | Add to Calendar

SOMArts Cultural Center | 934 Brannan Street | San Francisco, CA 94103 | View Map

About the Author:

Smitha Gundavajhala
Smitha Gundavajhala is a Communications Associate at Young Minds Advocacy, and was previously a Law Clerk and Policy Intern with YMA. As a student mental health advocate at UC Berkeley, she worked to integrate remote counseling, confidential peer counseling spaces, and cultural and structural competency in institutional spaces. As a second-generation Indian American, she believes that both mental health and advocacy are simultaneously personal and community-informed, and honors both processes in her work.