Mental Health Supports for Vulnerable Youth
Youth Forward is working to increase access to culturally-grounded mental health supports for youth of color, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable youth through advocating for the expansion of near peer and peer-to-peer approaches. We believe that we need to expand mental health beyond a traditional medical model to include prevention, healing circles, arts and music, and near peer or peer-to-peer support.
For the 2022-2023 school year, our team of youth organizers is working to support young people at four high schools in Sacramento City Unified. We are also partnering with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) to support the development of the Schools as Centers of Wellness initiative, an effort through which SCOE is placing mental health clinicians at schools in Sacramento County.
During the pandemic in 2020, in partnership with the Center at Sierra Health, we coordinated a series of virtual training sessions in youth mental health for youth development workers in the Sacramento region. Some of these training sessions are currently posted on our YouTube channel.
Make a Donation
Support Youth Forward’s mission by making a donation.