Elevating Youth Voice and Leadership
76 Community Partners
40 California Counties
61.623 Million Dollars
Youth activism, mentoring and peer support to prevent youth substance disorder
Elevating leaders in underserved communities of color and LGBTQ+ youth who seek change for their peers, their community and themselves.
Rising Together for Change
Elevate Youth California
This statewide program prioritizes youth leadership in under-resourced communities harmed by the War on Drugs. Communities of color endure the consequences of systemic racism in all aspects of their lives, including punitive physical, emotional and economic impacts.
It’s time to invest in healing. It’s time to invest in change. Through the Department of Health Care Services, $61.623 million in funding and technical assistance is being invested in 2020-2021. Funding supports partners working with youth advocates to build their power and leadership skills. We are committed to a movement that elevates our youths’ future.
Youth of Color
With grants up to $750,000 over two years and nine months, this funding opportunity will support community-based organizations, Tribal organizations and county behavioral health agencies throughout California to pilot and evaluate innovative practices in youth-led activism, peer support and mentoring in communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. Awarded partners will participate in an evaluation using the appreciative inquiry method led by a third-party evaluator contracted by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation to identify ways to improve the results and conditions for substance use prevention in California. Applications are due by January 6 at 1 p.m. PT.
Access the request for applications for full details and application instructions.
Access the request for applications review webinar recording.
Access the request for applications review webinar presentation slides (.pdf).
Access frequently asked questions (.pdf).