NAMI San Diego was recently awarded funding for a grantee partnership from Elevate Youth California to mobilize youth leadership in both San Diego and Imperial Counties. Elevate Youth California is a statewide program supporting community leaders who are addressing substance misuse conditions by investing in the youth leadership development and activism of underserved youth ages 12 to 26. Focused populations include (but are not limited to) foster youth, justice involved youth, youth of color, Latinx youth, homeless, disconnected, and LGBTQ+ youth. Our youth are talented, capable, and ready to lead. The essence of youth empowerment and leadership is not doing for but with, echoing the call of “nothing about us without us.”
The following presentations work well for youth groups in any one of these settings – afterschool program, school clubs, mentoring groups, faith-based youth groups, sports or academic teams, etc.