SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)
Youth Champions for Hope
This project was developed by United Advocates for Children and Families (UACF) through funding by the 2007 Campaign for Mental Health Recovery state implementation awards and completed in December 2008.
This project aimed to serve and work with youth, their friends, and their families to motivate social acceptance and decrease social exclusion.
The organization created a grassroots outreach program which connected with schools, community organizations, businesses, churches, hospitals, and various other organizations. Seventeen presentations were conducted by youth for these audiences.
The youth involved with this project also developed and led town forums, community trainings, and video-conferencing events.
They also were very involved with the development of marketing and public relation materials including flyers, t-shirts, and informational handouts. These materials were distributed during their presentations.
The project hoped to develop a model program that could be implemented throughout California's 12 regions, particularly in areas with UACF affiliate programs. However, as of December 2008, informational meetings had been conducted in 5 of the 9 UACF affiliate programs.
To obtain further information on this project contact Oscar Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.