Young Minds Advocacy’s Generation Bold project addresses the unique mental health needs of young women. The Gen Bold initiative promotes women’s voices, addresses barriers to care for girls, and uses storytelling as a tool for change.
Young women are more likely than men to experience anxiety and depression – and, more likely to encounter repeated trauma from acts of domestic violence, harassment, and assault. Girls are also less likely to receive mental health supports and treatment.
Led by a Youth Advisory Board of women ages 18 to 26, Gen Bold provides a platform for young women to share their authentic selves and change the narrative around mental health. Gen Bold hosts workshops and focus groups to develop professional and personal skills through leadership opportunities, policy research, and community engagement.
In the coming year Gen Bold’s Youth Advisory Board will be developing a Mental Health Toolkit for young women and girls seeking access to wellness and advocacy resources in their own communities.
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This Giving Tuesday, invest in Gen Bold’s work to fight stigma, change the conversation about mental health, and encourage the empowerment of young women across California. Your contribution will help support the next generation of female leaders and build a community that stands for young women’s and girls’ wellness.
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If you identify as female/transfeminine and are age 16 – 24, we want to help you share your story! Learn more about our blog and submission process at ymadvocacy.org/submit-a-post.