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New Fact Sheet on Katie A. Services!

Young Minds Advocacy is excited to share our new fact sheet to help youth access mental health services in their communities. This resource is intended for youth under 21 who are struggling with a mental health condition, and have or are eligible for MediCal coverage (California’s health insurance program for low income people). The [...]

I’m Still a Youth (Advocate)

It’s customary for new staff and team members here at Young Minds Advocacy to write a blog introducing them to the world. It makes sense as a practice because we’re an outward facing organization, and to begin the journey of advocacy here is to begin to flex your voice. I wrote my first introductory [...]

That’s a wrap! Highlights from Creative Advocacy 2018

Our 3rd annual Creative Advocacy, on April 28 2018, brought together YMA staff, friends, families, colleagues and allies for an inspirational night of community and celebration. We left feeling re-engerized in our advocacy work and fortunate for the incredible community we've created. Here are a few of our favorite moments and snapshots from the [...]

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. [...]

On Campus, In Need: YMA Releases New Resource on College Mental Health

College is an exciting and challenging time when young adults take on new responsibilities and pursue rigorous academic goals. It can also be a challenging time as stress from academic and social pressures can become almost unbearable. Students may experience anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, eating disorders, and more. Evidence shows that an increasing number [...]

Parents and Caregivers Take Action in L.A.

On February 23-24, 2018, Parents and Caregivers for Wellness (PC4W) brought together over 200 parents, educators, clinicians, and caregivers for a two-day training on how to best meet young people’s social and emotional needs. The event, held at the Haynes Family of Programs in La Verne, California, featured workshops, interactive discussions, and opportunities for [...]

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 [...]

Siavash Zohoori Brings Empathy Into His Advocacy

Young Minds Advocacy spoke with Siavash Zohoori, the keynote speaker for this year’s UC Davis Mental Health Conference, as well as one of the founders of the #HowAreYou campaign. Across the University of California system, the #HowAreYou campaign has championed the need for accessible, diverse mental health services and supports that engage with the [...]

HAPPY 30, CYC: 30 Years of Elevating Youth Voice

CYC 30th Anniversary Rally highlights accomplishments, hopes, & goals On a bright Monday afternoon on the steps of the State Capitol, youth advocate Dylan Murphy declared, “Today is the day we say that stability is a possibility.” Murphy, 20, was one of several youth leaders to address a gathering of over 150 community members [...]