Terra Forgette, Executive Director, Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families
“The idea for this program was inspired by a young woman who applied for a position here two years ago. She had come to our center as a kid, and said it was one of the only things that kept her out of trouble. More than anything I wanted to hire her as our new Youth Coordinator, but she had no skills and no experience. It is our dream to be able to train and hire the kids that come up through our center, and watch them become our next generation of leaders. This grant could make that a reality for us. I am certain that this program could have a huge positive impact on the young people we serve and a long-term impact on our community.”
Learn how our 18 Community Capacity Building partners are leading change with youth in communities through prevention, outreach and education.
To build organizational capacity to promote healing and build an ecosystem of trauma-informed support for youth of color in Solano County through resiliency, advocacy and community capacity to prevent substance abuse.
A Hopeful Encounter Inc.
To build organizational capacity to develop leadership and analytical skills of Hmong youth in Fresno County through a youth-led culturally responsive leadership development program to reduce substance use.
Los Angeles County
To build organizational capacity to improve health and social outcomes of youth and young adults of color in Los Angeles County through cross-cultural engagement, arts, sports and youth development integrated programs to empower young people to advance cultural equity and social inclusivity through local advocacy efforts to reduce substance use.
Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families, Inc.
To build organizational capacity to empower and employ youth and young adults from upcountry Calaveras County through mentorship, civic engagement, skills-building and support to reduce unemployment and drug use.
Divine Truth Unity dba Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance
San Bernardino County, Riverside County
To build organizational capacity to improve health and social outcomes of LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Empire through enhancing young peoples’ internal strengths and resiliency while reducing the risk for negative social adjustment issues, social isolation and stigmatization.
Gender Health Center
Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, Placer County, Yolo County, Yuba County
To build organizational capacity to improve the social and emotional health of LGBTQ+ youth of color in Sacramento and neighboring counties through harm reduction, case management and education services to reduce the impact of substance use disorders.
Mending Fences at JM Ranch
To build organizational capacity to increase confidence, motivation and self-esteem among youth of color in northern Tulare County through mentoring, support, substance use education and positive youth development to create alternatives to substance use.
Solano County, Santa Cruz County, Monterey County
To build organizational capacity to increase healing of youth of color in Solano, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties through community-led and collaborative narrative change, mentorship and skills-building to move toward community actualization, cultural healing, leadership development and civic engagement to prevent substance use.
Native Directions, Inc. dba Three Rivers Indian Lodge
San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Tuolumne County
To build organizational capacity to improve the health and well-being of Native youth in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties through adapting an evidence-based curriculum, formalizing relationships with Title VII Indian Education programs, partnering with foster care programs and establishing a student advisory committee to guide implementation to reduce substance use.
Native Star Foundation
To build organizational capacity to honor cultural values and increase healthy outcomes in Native youth in Tulare County through a youth-led learning collaborative focused on skills building and stigma-informed practices to reduce the health and environmental harms of marijuana consumption.
PCS Family Services
San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County
To build organizational capacity to promote healing for youth of color in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties through mentorship and coaching, exposure to career pathways and a restorative justice curriculum to reduce substance use.
Rincon Indian Education Center
San Diego County
To build organizational capacity to increase leadership among Native and Indigenous youth in San Diego County through identifying systems of trauma and narrative change to reduce substance use and misuse.
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos, Inc.
Santa Cruz County, Monterey County
To build organizational capacity to empower youth and young adults in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties through mentorship, credible messaging, leadership skills and critical thinking and advocacy to dismantle racial inequities and reduce substance use.
The Source LGBT+ Center
Tulare County, Kings County
To build organizational capacity to increase opportunities to uplift BIPOC LGBTQ+ youth voices in Tulare and Kings counties through asset-based wellness and recovery models, resiliency, leadership development, peer support and art to reduce substance misuse.
Time of Change
Sacramento County, Yolo County
To build organizational capacity to empower youth of color, youth in foster care, youth in unstable housing, undocumented youth and justice-involved youth in Sacramento and Yolo counties through mentorship, leadership development and hands-on advocacy experience to address substance use disorder.
True North Organizing Network
Del Norte County
To build organizational capacity to support youth leadership and social justice youth development among young people, including Tribal youth in Del Norte County, through the Communities that Care model to reduce substance use.
Youth Empowerments Finest
San Diego County
To build organizational capacity to train systems-involved youth in policy advocacy and develop countywide partnerships through the Trauma-Informed Care Code of Conduct to reduce substance use.
Youth Spirit Artworks, Inc.
To build organizational capacity to improve the health of youth in Alameda County through behavioral health supports, leadership development and arts to reduce substance use.