Skip navigation Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion About Us |  FAQs |  Contact Us 
ADS Center bridge over water logo

Toll-Free: 1-800-540-0320

Training Teleconferences
Information Update
Campaigns & Programs
Take Action
Campaign for Social Inclusion
Mental Health Facts
My Story
In The News
Join our Listserv
Link to Us
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 6/22/2012

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


Youth Champions for Hope
Sacramento, California

Start Date

Brief Description
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


Adobe PDF™ and MS Office™ formatted files require software viewer programs to properly read them. Click here to download these FREE programs now.

This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.