Youth In Mind

Inspiring youth engagement and leadership development within mental health systems

Our Partners and Supporters

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS)  was created in 2004 as the result of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to work toward creating a more integrated, culturally competent, consumer and family-empowered system of care that emphasizes community-wide participation, prevention, wellness, recovery and resiliency. We support more than 900 individual and organizational providers countywide. Over 85% of our services are delivered through contracted community based organizations and individuals. Youth In Mind is excited to work with all the amazing agencies within ACBHCS and organizations within Alameda County to ensure Transitional Age Youth voices are engaged in decisions throughout the county and beyond.

California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO)  is an incorporated non-profit consumer-run statewide organization consisting of member entities which are consumer-run organizations and programs.CAMHPRO’s mission is to transform communities and the mental health system throughout California to empower, support, and ensure the rights of consumers, eliminate stigma, and advance self-determination for all those affected by mental health issues by championing the work of consumer-run organizations. Youth In Mind is proud to be a member of an organization with strong history, passion and proven commitment to positively changing the mental health system.

California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY)  is a diverse association of citizens dedicated to advancing children’s mental health services in California. Formed in 1980 by people who saw the need to focus attention on children’s issues, CMHACY has grown into a large and broad-based coalition of persons deeply concerned with the mental health needs of California’s vulnerable children and youth.

Copeland Center for Wellness developers of the WRAP model has teamed up with Youth In Mind and several other peer-run agencies on a new National Consumer Technical Assistance Center (TAC), Doors to Wellbeing. The support comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Doors to Wellbeing will be opening its “doors” starting October 1st 2015. SAMHSA funds three National Consumer TACs, which are directed to focus on different regions and areas of expertise. Doors to Wellbeing will collaborate with all National Consumer TACs to bring about the greatest advancements for consumer and peer-support led initiatives across the nation

East Bay Agency for Children is committed to building a comprehensive, place-based continuum of accessible, trauma informed and culturally relevant services that build resiliency, aid in recovery, and, where possible, prevent exposure to adverse childhood experiences. We seek to reduce barriers that contribute to disparities in wellness for socioeconomically disadvantaged and racially marginalized families and to create communities where all children and families have supports to reach their full potential. Youth In Mind is excited to work with the new Trauma Transformed collaborative reaching spanning seven counties committed to improving their systems of care.

Humboldt State University Youth In Mind’s Regional Staff work closely with student organizations to put together events and activities to explore mental health and wellness, including hosting Youth In Mind’s Wellness Village that explores the eight dimensions of wellness and brings together community voices to begin exploring and engaging students to build community wellness models.

The Jefferson Project Youth In Mind works with the Jefferson Project and the Westside Community Improvement Association, a non-profit organization located in Humboldt County (Eureka), that supports and facilitates programs to combat urban blight and to revitalize neighborhoods by increasing recreational, educational and vocational opportunities where they are lacking or insufficient to the needs of the community. The Association’s activities are dedicated to fostering a sense of working together for the benefit of the greater Eureka community. Youth In Mind hosts events and activities in their community center and we encourage community members to engage in their awesome nutrition programs and other activities that are community-led.

NAMI Consumer Star is one of the five National Technical Assistance Centers funded by SAMHSA to support mental health systems transformation. The purpose of the overall program is to provide technical assistance that facilitates the restructuring of the mental health system by promoting recovery and consumer directed approaches. Youth In Mind is glad to be a partner with NAMI Consumer Star Center to incorporate youth voice with an emphasis on topic areas of concentration that can be offered through virtual training and technical assistance or product development for the whole country while also offering direct training and technical assistance to specific states, territories or tribal governments.

Our Space  is BAYC’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 14 – 21. Our Space offers safe space for LGBTQ youth to explore their identities, socialize, build community, develop leadership skills, and receive non-stigmatizing, culturally competent mental health services. We recognize that LGBTQ homeless youth and youth in out-of-home care often slip through the cracks in the service delivery of mainstream LGBTQ organizations due to lack of awareness regarding the unique needs of these populations. Our Space holds the needs and the strengths of these youth as primary and provides real opportunities for non-traditional youth leaders to create change in their communities and beyond.

POCC-TAY (Pool of Consumer Champions – Transitional Age Youth) are Transitional Age Youth that live or work in Alameda County with lived experience of mental health systems. We work to empower transitional age youth to educate, advocate and lead with strong, compassionate voices for positive change. We meet regularly and if you would like to join our efforts, please message us on our facebook page and stay tuned for frequent updates.

Trauma Transformed is a new initiative we are engaged in that is made up of 7 Bay Area counties (San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Marin County) working together to change the way we understand, respond to, and heal trauma. If you live or work in these areas and are interested in how to be a part of the advisory Council email

Stomp Out Stigma is an initiative spearheaded by ValueOptions® to ensure we remove stigma as a barrier to people seeking the care they need to recover. This initiative commits us all to recognize the high prevalence of mental illness and to reeducate ourselves, friends and family on the truths of mental illness. When we do this, we reduce the stigma. This campaign reminds each of us that we can help transform the dialog on mental health from a whisper to a conversation.

United Advocates for Children and Families was a strong supporter of Youth In Mind at our very inception. We are glad to partner with them to ensure youth are identifying regional resources and gaps and that youth are gaining the skills to advocate for themselves and their families. We look forward to an ongoing relationship building off of the past and toward the future to build health communities.

Zellerbach Family Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families and communities.

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