Thanks for an unforgettable evening!

//Thanks for an unforgettable evening!

Thanks for an unforgettable evening!

It’s not every day that you turn four. Thanks to the support of many of you, Young Minds Advocacy did it in style! On Friday, October 7th nearly 70 community members joined us for our 4th Anniversary Celebration in Menlo Park. We raised almost $21,000 to support advocacy that changes lives thanks to the generosity of donors and our event sponsors, Uplift Family Services and Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families.

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Staff Attorney, Aisa Villarosa, with friend and event volunteer, Hannah.

Thanks to everyone that joined us or made a contribution. Many of you have been attending this annual event since the first one in Cafe Zoe in August 2012. Your unwavering loyalty and support are greatly appreciated. We’re also grateful for the support of our community partners* for helping us spread the word, as well as our event volunteers.

It was a night to remember!

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YMA Young Leader Awardee, Chloe Sorensen, poses with friend.

Amidst the beautiful gardens and Spanish-style architecture of the Allied Arts Guild, guests listened to the musical stylings of RoAn Gibson, sipped espresso donated by Ritual Coffee, and struck a pose in the photo booth. Our special guest Mike Porath, CEO and Founder of The Mighty, spoke about the importance of storytelling. “

[My wife and I] went out looking for help and what we found was a lot of medical information, which is helpful the first time you see it, but you don’t go back to it. The most help comes from sharing experiences,” he said.

We also heard from Susan Page, one of our first youth bloggers, who agreed: “Living with a mental illness is really tortuous at times. But if you connect with organizations like Young Minds Advocacy, it will really take a lot of that tortuousness away,” she said. “I always go back when I have an episode and remind myself ‘I have a story. My story can make a difference in other people’s lives, but also in policy.’”

Year five is going to be a big one! Young Minds will be launching several new projects (more to come on that soon) while continuing our efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of mental health care for youth and their families. But, as Mike put it at the event, “the real key is working together.” Help us build on the momentum created by the event by getting involved today. 

Until next year…

P.S. Weren’t able to join us but still want to have an impact in the lives of youth? Donate today!


*Community partners include: Chronicle of Social Change, Partners for StrongMinds, San Francisco CASA, Project Safety Net, Art With Impact, New America Media, Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Family and Child Services of Silicon Valley.

Special thanks to our photographers Stephen Texeira and Natalia Sant’Anna. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event!

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Annabelle Gardner
Annabelle Gardner is the director of communications at Young Minds and editor in chief of our blog, Hear Me Out. She believes storytelling is a powerful tool for social change.