Cohort 1 Awarded Program Highlights
Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians in Lake County
received funding to create a “Get Drugs Off Our Rez” campaign, which will elevate Native American youth voice through a Youth Council platform, community substance use educational events, and the establishment of a youth mentorship program to increase awareness of substance use and its effects, as well as introduce youth-led change into the Tribal community.
California Health Collaborative in Tulare County
received funding to increase opportunities for Latinx and African American youth to create social change by elevating youth voice and developing youth leadership. They will do this through youth coalitions and an annual youth leadership summit that encourages arts and healing-centered approaches, and address environmental, policy and systems change that focus on inequities and impact youth with substance use disorders.
Improve Your Tomorrow in Sacramento County
received funding to improve the educational and health outcomes of young men of color attending local community colleges by providing mentorship, leadership development and culturally responsive wrap-around support in preparation for policy internships.
Learn how our 26 Standard Track Cohort 1 partners are leading change with youth in communities through prevention, outreach and education
Mendocino County, Sonoma County
To empower rural Latinx and Native American youth age 12-18 in Mendocino and Sonoma counties through the “Teen Action Program” which will create an adult-supervised, peer-led youth group that utilizes a three-pronged approach to positively-impacting underserved teens through teen-hosted meetings, increased youth activism and volunteerism, and a drug and alcohol free location where youth can gather in a safe space.
To build youth activism among Latinx middle and high school students. This project utilizes a trauma-informed care approach to support diversion from probation, encourage relapse prevention and create pro-social prevention activities that increase youth advocacy against harmful drug use in the Canal District of San Rafael in Marin County ultimately decreasing lifetime alcohol use and heavy drug use in past 30 days.
Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians
To create a “Get Drugs Off Our Rez” campaign in Lake County which will elevate Native American youth voice through a Youth Council platform, community substance use educational events, and the establishment of a youth mentorship program to increase awareness of substance use and its effects as well as introduce youth-led change into the tribal community.
California Health Collaborative
To increase opportunities for Latinx and African American youth to create social change by elevating youth voice and developing youth leadership, through youth coalitions and an annual youth leadership summit that encourages arts and healing centered approaches and addressees environmental, policy and systems change that focus on inequities and aim to impact youth with substance use disorders in Tulare County.
California Youth Connection
To increase knowledge and leadership skills of current and former youth involved in the foster care system. To develop a youth-led SUD prevention strategy creating change policies that relate to the criminalization of youth SUD in five regions in the state.
Center for Young Women’s Development – Young Women’s Freedom Center
Los Angeles County, San Francisco County
To promote healing and leadership development that will strengthen the economic outcomes for girls and women of color, transgender and gender non-conforming youth and young adults whose family have experienced incarceration. This project uses mentoring, inter-generational healing practices, system navigation, and policy advocacy training to reduce substance use and related harm in San Francisco and Los Angeles counties.
Education, Training, and Research Associates
Alameda County, Fresno County, Los Angeles County, Sacramento County
To promote healing, improve the behavioral health outcomes, and decrease substance use for African American and Latinx youth using trauma- informed practices, leadership development, policy advocacy training and youth social justice narrative development through the creation of media and youth centered policy campaigns in Sacramento, Alameda, Fresno and Los Angeles counties.
Family Assistance Program
San Bernardino County
To support African American and Latinx youth ages 12-18 from low income communities in San Bernardino County through engagement in Youth Action Boards which will guide project implementation around substance use education, mentorship, and juvenile justice system involvement and diversion leading to a reduction in substance use.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc
Alameda County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County
To employ youth activism, civic engagement, mentorship/relationship-building, and peer-led support around substance use in a phased leadership program that will reach minority high school aged youth from Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties who are juvenile justice system-involved or at-risk of system involvement reducing substance use and increasing socio-emotional learning skills.
Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission
To improve the health outcomes of school aged youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth through peer-led support groups and school educational presentations that incorporate mentoring, leadership development and advocate for policy, systems and environmental change in Fresno County.
Friday Night Live – The Epicenter
To address substance use in South Monterey County with a focus on students of color ages 12-24 who identify as LGBTQ+ by creating opportunities for positive youth engagement through increasing GSAs (student-led organizations that unite the LGBTQ+ community) , hosting an annual youth action summit, and increasing the perception of harm from substance use.
Gateway Mountain Center, Inc.
Nevada County, Placer County
To expand existing harm-reduction and youth leadership services such as the youth wellness center. To increase mindfulness- based substance abuse classes, and whole hearts, minds, and embodies outdoor programming in schools in rural Nevada and Placer Counties for Latinx youth as an alternative to substance use suspensions and disciplinary action.
Improve Your Tomorrow
To improve the educational and health outcomes of young men of color attending local community colleges by providing mentorship, leadership development and culturally responsive wrap-around support in preparation for policy internships in Sacramento.
Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc.
Los Angeles County
To reduce use and exposure to marijuana and tobacco-related secondhand smoke among low-income youth of color ages 12-26 at MacArthur Park located in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles by establishing a community council and developing and adopting a citywide smoking initiative that reduces use and exposure to marijuana, tobacco products and secondhand smoke.
Latino Center for Prevention & Action in Health & Welfare
To partner with low-income immigrant Latinx youth in Santa Ana to implement a youth-led SUD education campaign and build and sustain youth leadership creating mechanisms of participation by youth that lead to risk prevention and system-wide change to increase responsiveness to SUD-related health needs of youth and decrease substance use by youth in the city and county of Orange.
Legacy LA Youth Development Corporation
Los Angeles County
To increase at-risk and system-impacted youth’s capacity to advocate for policy change around youth substance use in Los Angeles County as well as address conditions that contribute to youth substance use through the implementation of a 10-month leadership development and mentoring program.
North County Health Project, Inc.
San Diego County, Riverside County
To improve the behavioral health outcomes and substance use awareness of Latinx/Hispanic youth and young adults through leadership development and peer-to-peer education in North San Diego and Southern Riverside counties.
Northern California Indian Development Council, Inc
To promote healing through culturally rooted lessons, develop social/emotional competency and support the training and development of youth advocates on policy, systems and environmental change to prevent substance use among middle and high school Native American students in Humboldt County.
Pinoleville Pomo Nation
Mendocino County, Lake County
To improve the behavioral health and educational outcomes of American Indian youth through culturally rooted practices, leadership development and policy advocacy training to address educational equity and reduce substance use in Mendocino and Lake Counties.
Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center Inc.
To improve educational and health outcomes and reduce substance use in African American students in South Sacramento through wraparound support, expanded academic services and a youth-driven substance use awareness campaign to inform policymakers on youth substance use issues.
Social Advocates for Youth San Diego, Inc.
San Diego County
To improve the behavioral health outcomes including referral to substance use treatment of justice system impacted, homeless youth and young adults of color in San Diego County through mentoring, counseling and leadership development to advocate for policies that address the criminalization of youth substance use.
The Cambodian Family
To reduce substance use among middle school-aged Southeast Asian and Latinx youth in Orange County through the implementation of the Project ALERT curriculum and establish a youth advisory council to identify and move forward a policy goal.
The Wall Las Memorias Project
Los Angeles County
To support the leadership development of Latinx and LGBTQ+ youth and young adults by developing campaigns and building public will for SUD prevention policy change in South, Southeast and East/Northeast Los Angeles.
YES Nature to Neighborhoods
Contra Costa County
To improve the health outcomes of African American and Latinx youth and young adults through peer-to peer mentoring, leadership development and policy advocacy minimizing access to substances in the city of Richmond in Contra Costa County.
Youth Leadership Institute
Merced County, San Joaquin County
To promote healing through culturally rooted practices, support youth leadership and media advocacy skills for youth involved in the state prison system returning to Merced County, and to reduce the number of school suspensions or expulsions related to substances.