Standard Track Cohort 2

November 2020 – November 2023

Awarded Program Highlights

Pictured: 12 young participants pose together. Nine youth are standing in the back, three kneel in front of them. All wear white shirts with black writing that says, 'Kickback With The Youth.' They pose in a room with colorful artwork.

Urban Strategies Council

empowered youth of color through the Community Health Fellows in Residence program in Alameda County. The program developed leadership skills through mentoring and peer engagement to advance policy changes and substance use prevention in Oakland. Fellows successfully led an advocacy effort in Vallejo in 2022, resulting in the passing of an ordinance banning smoking in multi-unit housing.

Pictured: Seven smiling people stand together under a white pop-up tent. They are outdoors at an event with two tents behind them in the distance. They stand behind a table with brochures, stickers and flyers. Three people hold heart-shaped rainbow signs.

CommuniCare Health Centers

supported and advocated for the LGBTQ+ community in Yolo County. The organization fostered understanding and connections with the larger community through various outreach programs and events. In 2021, they held the first Woodland Pride Celebration to celebrate LGBTQ+ inclusion and acceptance.

Pictured: A large group of youth stand and kneel together in front of a large colorful mural. They are outside at an event with multiple tall trees behind the mural in the distance. Most of the youth have a blue mask covering their nose and mouth. One youth hold a sign that says 'EBAYC.'

East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC)

promoted leadership development and policy advocacy with Southeast Asian youth in Sacramento through a substance-use prevention/early intervention program. The organization created support groups, ran campaigns, hosted an annual Asian Youth Leadership Summit and provided case management and life coaching to reduce substance use. The Youth Action Team was actively involved in the Sacramento Kids First campaign to pass a city charter amendment dedicating 40% of cannabis tax revenue to prevention and early intervention services.

Learn how our 32 Standard Track Cohort 2 partners are leading change with youth in communities through prevention, outreach and education.

Berkeley Youth Alternatives

Alameda County, Contra Costa County

To increase advocacy and social justice with youth experiencing homelessness in Alameda and Contra Costa counties through a Peer Educators internship and Youth Advisory Board to serve as role models who understand the ramifications of the drug trafficking industry.

Center for Community Health and Well-Being, Inc.

Sacramento County

To inspire social change and strengthen the leadership skills of young girls and women of color in Sacramento County through an intersectional and multicultural coalition table to increase youth activism for policy, systems and environmental change.

CommuniCare Health Centers

Yolo County

To expand the support of at-risk LGBTQIA youth in Yolo County through youth and young adult peer-to-peer wellness groups and launch of a Youth Advisory Group to prevent and treat substance use and mental health.

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

Alameda County

To develop the leadership and advocacy skills of system-impacted youth in Alameda County through individual healing, an intensive fellowship, and individualized mentorship and support to become community leaders and agents of policy-driven systems change.

Community Action Partnership of Orange County

Orange County

To increase the leadership development and policy advocacy skills of youth in Orange County through education, prevention activities, workshops and art-based programs, as well as restorative justice to reduce harm, and create strategies for policy, systems and environmental change.

Community Medical Centers, Inc.

San Joaquin County

To strengthen the advocacy and leadership skills of youth of color to address community trauma and other health inequities to prevent youth substance use in San Joaquin County.

Community Partners/Latino Equality Alliance

Los Angeles County

To educate and empower LGBTQ2S+ and allied high school and college students through leadership development, activism and community murals to advocate for restorative justice and support substance use prevention.

Diogenes Youth Services

Sacramento County

To build capacity of youth leaders in Sacramento through a peer mentorship/credible messenger internship program to build awareness about the adverse effects of substance use on physical, mental and emotional health and system navigation.

Dolores C. Huerta Foundation

Fresno County, Kern County, Tulare County, Los Angeles County

To prepare the next generation of activists, healers, artists and digital organizers through youth-led programming and trainings to increase advocacy, media production, technology and holistic wellness in BIPOC LGBTQ2S+ youth populations.

East Bay Asian Youth Center

Sacramento County

To promote leadership development and policy advocacy with Southeast Asian youth in Sacramento through a substance-use prevention/early intervention program by creating support groups, participatory action/research campaigns, hosting an annual Asian Youth Leadership Summit, and providing intensive case management and life coaching to reduce and prevent substance use.

El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center

San Bernardino County

To strengthen leadership skills and increase social connections through a culturally responsive trauma-informed mentoring program to address gang involvement and substance use among at-risk youth of color in San Bernardino County.

Fighting Back Partnership, Inc.

Solano County

To increase leadership skills and advocacy capacity of youth of color in Solano County through youth-led campaigns, peer mentoring, storytelling and an annual convening to advocate for and effect policy change.

Fresno Barrios Unidos

Fresno County

To liberate and transform BIPOC youth in Fresno through a youth-led program to increase access to care, reduce stigma related to substance use, increase empathy for individuals navigating substance use, and foster youth-led systems change efforts impacting the local criminal-legal system.

Future Leaders of America

Santa Barbara County

To strengthen the leadership skills and policy advocacy skills of Latinx youth in Santa Barbara County through a peer-to-peer model and media advocacy training.

Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County

Orange County

To increase the agency and leadership skills of LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC communities in Orange County through restorative justice activities to mitigate trauma caused by the War on Drugs and empower youth to take ownership of their mental health.

Healthy Rural California

Butte County

To build youth leaders in Butte County through a youth development, environmental prevention and mentorship program to reduce youth substance use, strengthen policies and shift social norms.

Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc.

San Francisco County

To increase the advocacy capacity and leadership skills of Latinx, African American and Pacific Islander youth through a trauma-informed, health-centered and asset-based approach to effect transformative and peer-led policy, systems and environmental change in San Francisco.

Jakara Movement

San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Sutter County, Fresno County, Kern County, Madera County

To empower Punjabi and Latinx youth across the Central Valley through culturally rooted, trauma-informed education, outreach and harm reduction practices to reduce stigma and address the chronic and intergenerational trauma of substance use and addiction.

Japanese Community Youth Council

San Francisco County

To expand trauma-informed life skills and mentoring services for Asian/Pacific Islander youth through youth-driven culturally responsive programming to promote self-esteem, develop healthy lifestyles and build resiliency skills.

Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project

Santa Barbara County, Ventura County

To engage Indigenous youth in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties through culturally relevant, social justice youth development approaches to reduce substance use/abuse in the community.

NAMI San Diego

San Diego County, Imperial County

To empower peer mentors in San Diego and Imperial counties through peer-led youth empowerment and leadership development to impact policy and create awareness of mental health, harm reduction and substance misuse.

Pacific Clinics

Los Angeles County

To strengthen the leadership skills of low-income Latinx and Asian immigrant youth in Los Angeles through a culturally rooted, trauma-healing youth and parent education model to overcome the challenges that lead to risks of substance use.

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance

Santa Cruz County, Monterey County

To increase youth civic engagement in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties through the Youth Reclaiming Youth Voice Project to increase substance use prevention policy change.

Round Valley Indian Health Center

Mendocino County

To increase protective factors for youth substance abuse prevention on Round Valley Indian Reservation through Project Native WAY to facilitate policy, systems and environmental change.

RYSE, Inc.

Contra Costa County

To build power through leadership development and advocacy skills of young people of color and their families in Richmond and West Contra Costa through tailored supports and programming to recover, reconnect and repair the multi-level, multi-system harm created by the War on Drugs.

Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc.

Sacramento County

To strengthen the leadership skills of young people in Sacramento through leadership activities to improve policy, system and environmental changes related to substance use and harm reduction.

Safe Place for Youth

Los Angeles County

To develop youth leaders experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in Los Angeles through the Equity, Empowerment, and Youth Development Program to participate in systems change work that supports holistic and youth-driven substance use prevention strategies.

San Diego LGBT Community Center

San Diego County

To empower LGBTQ2S+ youth of color through behavioral health services, leadership development opportunities, civic engagement opportunities and peer-to-peer support to improve well-being, behavioral health outcomes and school engagement, and to decrease substance use among program participants.

Sigma Beta XI, Inc.

Riverside County

To build youth-centered power in Riverside County through the Youth Mentoring and Advocacy Project to advocate for and repair the inequalities that contribute to substance use disorders and to create policy and systems change.

The RightWay Foundation

Los Angeles County

To promote healing, well-being and self-care of foster youth in Los Angeles through a comprehensive trauma-informed, healing-centered program to elevate youth voice in substance use education and youth-led change.

Urban Strategies Council

Alameda County, Solano County, Contra Costa County

To develop the leadership skills of youth of color through the Community Health ‘Fellows in Residence’ youth program in Alameda County, which will utilize mentoring/relation-building and peer-engagement strategies to advance policy changes and advance substance use prevention policies and programs in Oakland’s new Department of Violence Prevention.

Yurok Tribe

Humboldt County, Del Norte County

To reduce substance use and addiction among Yurok youth through traditional activities and programming to allow for deeper cultural connections, restorative justice, career development and activities that promote holistic health.