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CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET LAURA & KIJAFA!

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. This year, we’re honoring Kijafa and Laura, co-founders of the Seneca Youth Advisory Board. These two have [...]

CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET JOHN LYONS!

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 John Lyons, a nationally acclaimed professor, author, and mental health advocate. [...]

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 [...]

CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET SAM!

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! Samantha Chiang, a fierce college mental health advocate, is one of our Creative Advocacy Awardees. Sam, 19, [...]

SAVE THE DATE! CREATIVE ADVOCACY 2018

Young Minds Advocacy's 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy is coming up! Each year, we host an evening that uplifts art and advocacy, and seeks to celebrate advocates of youth mental health — including young people that speak through their art. We’d love for you to join us, so please save the date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 6 - 9 [...]

Managing Stress and Making It in the Creative World

Sometimes, being creative is a double-edged sword. Your artistic pursuits inspire and motivate you, but the fast-paced, high-stress world of the creative professions wears on you. Unfortunately for many artistic professionals, this leads to battles with depression, addiction, and other mental illness. But pursuing your passions doesn’t have to mean being a tortured artist. [...]

By | 2017-08-10T17:41:24+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Art, Community Voices, Featured Posts, Resources|0 Comments

“Through my mental health journey, I came to realize my voice is powerful.”

By Astrea Somarriba, Admin Assistant & Communications Coordinator It started with a prompt and a puzzle piece, and developed into a collection of unique experiences and artistic expressions that spoke louder than words. On Saturday, Young Minds journeyed to Youth In Mind’s Oakland office to facilitate a “Creative Advocacy” art workshop. Participants were given a [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:59+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Art, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Some Of The Best Stories Are Told Without Words

By Astrea Somarriba, Communications Coordinator Our Social Media intern, Jeremiah, is always prepared for the perfect shot. At just 18 years old, he has built an impressive portfolio with images that represent different points in his life. When asked why photography is important to him, Jeremiah writes “I am always taking photos, whether I am happy [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:59+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Art, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Calling All Youth Artists and Poets!

This week, Young Minds is celebrating Creative Art Therapies Week by reflecting on the different creative outlets we use to share our stories and practice self-healing. Check out the video below to hear why art, writing and other forms of creative expression matter to our team: https://vimeo.com/158936999 Young Minds Advocacy believes in the power [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:00+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Art, Featured Posts|0 Comments