Creative Advocacy 20182018-04-27T21:47:47-08:00

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Celebrate with us!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and to celebrate, we’re hosting a kick-off fundraiser at SOMArts in San Francisco (934 Brannan St.) on Saturday, April 28th from 6 to 9pm. The event, Creative Advocacy, is Young Minds Advocacy’s annual celebration of advocates, youth artists, and the community working to uplift mental health.

Join us for a night to honor those who improve the lives of youth and families in our community and throughout California!

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.
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Saturday, April 28th 2018 | 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 the 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.

Art Submissions: Show Us What Mental Health, Wellness, and Empowerment Mean to YOU!
Young Minds Advocacy will select and curate a gallery of your submissions focused on the artist’s interpretation….Participants — especially young people! — are invited to share their art, especially those between the ages of 15 and 24. Submissions are open to ALL artists regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, citizenship, religion, or ability. Submissions from youth artists between the ages of 15 and 24 will be prioritized.

Email to submit:

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


We know that in order for our communities to better meet the mental health needs of young people, we need strong leaders — both youth leaders and adult partners. At Creative Advocacy, we will be recognizing youth and adult mental health advocates who have significantly impacted the lives of young people in their communities and beyond.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet all of our incredible honorees in person at the event!


Tickets are $5 for youth under 21 and $25 for adults. Tickets are available online and there will also be a limited number of tickets available at the doorA 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 email

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please review our sponsorship invite or email Smitha Gundavajhala, Communications Associate, at 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.

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.

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