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Dare to Dream America

The Dare to Dream America program provides an opportunity for youth (ages 13 to 25) or Youth MOVE Chapters to get involved in mental health awareness activities. Successful applicants are awarded a grant up to $2500 to implement projects that promote mental health awareness.

This opportunity is being made available through the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health, Contract #HHSS280201500007C. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Dare to Dream America 2019 Recipients


City of Pasadena

Pasadena LGBT+ALLY Youth Summit

Youth MOVE Pasadena will be hosting their very first LGBT+ALLY high school summit. They will invite up to 200 Pasadena High school students to a fun and interactive workshop about bringing light and education to those struggling coming out, experiencing bullying, and creating safe zones in their schools and communities.


NAMI Prince George’s County and  Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection 

A Youth Mental Health Awareness Fair entitled. “MIND YOUR HEALTH 2019” 

“Mind Your Health” was successfully planned and implemented by middle and high school students to educate peer groups (participating in a county summer youth employment program) about the brain and its influence on thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  Primary goals were to increase awareness and understanding about mental illness, change perceptions to reduce the stigma of mental illness and provide information on community resources . The program included mental health related videos, youth guided educational activities, presentations by local mental health practitioners and a student presenter who shared her story on living with mental illness, as well as exhibits and resource materials by local community organizations. NAMI Prince George’s County will continue the partnership with Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and provide mental health brochures and other materials to the high schools serviced through their organization.


Prince George’s County DSS


This Dare to Dream award will fund a Queer Youth Pride Event for youth in Prince George’s County who identify as LGBTQ+. It will be held at a community center with food, drinks, and a DJ. Upon arrival, the youth will receive a goodie bag containing pride themed paraphernalia among which would be wrist bands that would separate them by color. Once in their randomly generated groups the youth would rotate activities which are included but not limited to ice breaking games and karaoke. The youth will be encouraged to interact and talk amongst themselves through fun and team building activities and educational opportunities.


IDHA (Institute for Development of Human Arts)


This project will focus on disseminating resources on creating alternatives in mental health for educators, youth, and other allies. Through video interviews, OnTrack NY will document changes that are being made by youth in the system to empower the next generation of youth advocates. The project will result in a short documentary that will be disseminated online.


Powerful Youth Leaders


PYL will develop a skit called “TRIGGERED”, set up like a dinner theater and taking place in a school classroom setting. The main characters will be seven youth (seven diagnosis) a teacher, a School Resource Officer, and other students. Each student has lived experience with a mental health diagnosis. Each student will act out a situation they have experience in a classroom the triggered them and revealed behaviors that caused them to get in trouble. Each student will do a short “what helped what harmed” after the situation they act out. The skit will be followed by a panel of school personnel, a court councilor, and other community members. The conversation will be led by a facilitator, using the core values and principles in a youth led family driven process.


Al Exito

Mental Health and School Policy Initiative

Al Exito will host a mental health and school policy convening that gathers the Al Éxito Latinx youth. The purpose of these gatherings are to

  1. share the feedback received from Latinx youth with youth leaders regarding how certain school policies affect the mental health of youth,
  2. and develop an action plan to change these policies through the Iowa Department of Education by demonstrating the connection between racism experienced at school, school policies, and the mental health of Latinx students.


Youth MOVE Michigan


“The BE SEEN Project is a project that will help to end stigma and spread education and awareness about mental illness in the community, breakdown barriers, and engage youth and young adults in conversations about mental illness, stigma, suicide and trauma. The BE SEEN project will consist of three components:

  1. Statewide Social Media Campaign
  2. Digital Stories- Youth MOVE Michigan Chapters will create videos sharing their personal stories.
  3. BE SEEN Swag and Marketing Materials”


Mental Health Partnership

Reimagining Mental Health

Mental Health Partnership will host a series of workshops titled “Reimagining Mental Health”. This series will be led by five young people with lived experience who will create and facilitate the content of the workshops. This project is proposed in collaboration with schools, other youth organizations, and the community. The purpose is to introduce the concept of mental health recovery, community health, being open with own experiences, what it means to advocate to one self. The young people who will lead the workshops will gain leadership skills, the young people participating will learn about advocacy, mental health, etc.


Muslim Community Link

Black seed farmers market

The goal of this project is to help participating peers feel supported, encouraged, and well equipped. They will be hosting a weekly three hour meeting bringing youth together for socializing, college information, career prospects, and overall health well being, such as how to deal with bullying, stress, and healthy emotional management. These sessions will be facilitated by four current youth workers of Black Seeds Farmers Market. The content of these sessions will be a mixture of what the youth want and the project’s priorities. Youth will create a presentation regarding a problem or an experience they went through for each of the nine sessions



Crossing Boundaries Building Bridges (CB3)

MOSES will host a day long training for youth on the basics of community organizing and grassroots campaigns and how arts can be used to lead those efforts. The training will beld through the lens of mental health, as youth are the most vulnerable population and least talked to about in mental health. The project will train at least 80 youth and lead to a larger late spring narrative sharing event with advocacy recommendation to public officials and community members.