MHA broadcasts new Youth Coverage Accelerator


Since launching the Younger Leaders Council in 2017, Psychological Well being America (MHA) has labored with younger leaders remodeling their communities and demanding change throughout the nation. Now, we’re increasing our initiatives to advance youth management in nationwide psychological well being coverage through MHA’s Youth Coverage Accelerator. Our inaugural cohort will give attention to driving nationwide conversations round youth peer assist and peer providers.

Who’s it for?

This program is for younger folks ages 18-25 with numerous identities and experiences, who’re obsessed with peer assist and are concerned with increasing their community and expertise in psychological well being coverage. To kind our first cohort, we are going to establish 10 leaders who’ve demonstrated management on the native, state, or nationwide ranges.

What’s it?

On this eight-week paid digital coaching, members will study from and construct relationships with leaders within the area, develop their private strengths in coverage advocacy, co-create surveys and authentic analysis, and develop suggestions and a marketing campaign to advance youth and younger grownup peer assist.

Members ought to anticipate dedicating two-four hours to this system per week all through the length of the classes.

When and the place is it occurring?

The 90-minute classes can be held through Zoom weekly on Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. ET/10-11:30 a.m. PT from Oct. 7 to Dec. 2, 2023.

Why ought to I be part of?

You need to apply if you wish to guarantee all younger folks have entry to see assist whereas rising your community and studying coverage advocacy expertise.

As a YPA member, you’ll: 

  • Share your perspective to co-create a youth-driven agenda for peer assist, 
  • Develop your skilled community, 
  • Join with and study from nationwide leaders, together with different younger folks, 
  • Acquire worthwhile expertise engaged on psychological well being coverage, analysis, and communications, 
  • Obtain a $1,000 stipend, 
  • Create a national-level marketing campaign to share the cohort’s suggestions, and 
  • Be part of MHA’s Increasing Affect Community of greater than 100 excellent graduates of MHA’s youth leaders applications for ongoing coaching and assist.

How do I apply?

Be taught extra and apply at Functions are due Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

For questions or assist finishing the applying, contact Jackie Menjivar, MHA’s supervisor of peer and youth Advocacy, at



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