Celebrate with us!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! To celebrate, Young Minds will be hosting our 2nd Annual Creative Advocacy event to fight stigma and promote youth wellness.

Unmet mental health needs are one of the biggest challenges facing young people and their families today. In fact, 17.1 million youth in the U.S. have or will have a psychiatric disorder. That’s more than the number of youth suffering from cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. 2017 marks a critical moment and opportunity to reverse the tide and improve outcomes for the next generation. But we need your help!

Young Minds is a nonprofit based in San Francisco that breaks down barriers to quality mental health care for youth and families. Join us for a night of “Creative Advocacy” to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in style.

Last year’s event brought together over 250 community members and featured over 100 pieces of youth art. We anticipate this year will be even more impactful!

Terms & Conditions

By submitting your piece, you declare your understanding and agreement of the following terms and conditions, which act as a contract between you and Young Minds Advocacy.

  • The submissions of a piece that contains ideas and/or materials that you have no legal right to use, including copyrighted images, sounds, and designs of others, is forbidden for this event.
  • Pieces are subject to review by Young Minds’ staff and all pieces submitted may not be displayed at the event.
  • Young Minds reserves the right to use submitted pieces and accompanying statements/descriptions on our website, in emails and newsletters, and on Young Minds’ blog.
  • If another person obtains an artist’s piece from Young Minds Advocacy (with or without Young Minds’ permission), and uses those designs or words in an unauthorized way, by the licenses granted under this agreement, the artists must seek amends or recovery from the third party and not from Young Minds Advocacy, and will not hold Young Minds Advocacy responsible or liable for such unauthorized use.
  • Artist agrees and understand that by submitting their work to Young Minds Advocacy, they are opting to receive future email announcements and notifications from Young Minds. If you would like to be removed from this email list, you may unsubscribe at anytime by clicking the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of the email.
  • Young Minds reserves the right to amend this agreement at any time.
Get Tickets!


Saturday, April 29th 2017 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Program will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

SOMArts Cultural Center | 934 Brannan Street

Paid public parking is available across the street at Standard Parking


Don’t miss out on any of the exciting happenings at our 2nd Annual Creative Advocacy Event:

Advocacy Awards:
We will be honoring youth and adult leaders who have inspired us with their work and who have made a difference in the lives of youth with mental health needs. Awardees will be announced in late January/early February.

Youth Art:
Art submitted by Bay Area youth around mental wellness and advocacy will be on display. If you’re a youth, age 15-24, and interested in submitting your art for exhibition at the event, visit here to learn more. 

There will also be live music, a photo booth, a raffle, food and drinks for attendees to enjoy!


Discounted “Early Bird” tickets are available until February 19th! $5 off for adults and FREE for youth! Get your tickets today.

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the cost of admission for youth, youth organizations, and other community members with limited resources. To request a scholarship, please visit here.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please review our sponsorship invite or email Annabelle Gardner, Director of Communications & Development, at annabelle@ymadvocacy.org. All funds raised at the event will help support Young Minds’ work to improve outcomes for youth with mental health needs in California and throughout the West. Donations are tax-deductible to the furthest extent allowed by law.

If you are unable to attend the event but wish to make a donation, please click here.

We need your help to change attitudes about mental illness & improve the lives of youth.

Get Involved!