Youth In Mind

Inspiring youth engagement and leadership development within mental health systems

Annual Conferences

Youth Leadership Academy (YLA)
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Since 2004 Youth In Mind has partnered with the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY), where hundreds of advocates, families, young people and decision makers interface in order to address critical issues California is facing in the Mental Health Field. The CMHACY Conference is the largest mental health conference in California, and has been strong for over 30 years. Youth In Mind’s inception was out of this conference, and we continue to partner with CMHACY and make noise about what young people are doing to create systems-change.

Attending our annual YLA, members get to join a youth dedicated space where they community build, learn vital skills and knowledge to take back to a local level, and gain opportunities to speak on policy issues to the larger conference. In addition to our YLA, there are many other chances to interface with the conference where young people can attend over 30 workshops, hear cutting edge keynotes, and attend substance-free social activities. CMHACY holds their conference annually at Asilomar, a conference retreat grounds in Pacific Grove.

Youth Leadership Summit (YLS)

Since 2006, Youth In Mind has put on an Annual Educational Institute where young people across the state attend our Summer Youth Leadership Summit (YLS). Youth In Mind’s YLS focuses on positive youth development practices, and empowers our members to develop and deliver workshops, plenaries, conferences and social events. Youth In Mind specializes in popular and experiential education, enabling members to build a better future for the mental health system.

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