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 $3,000 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 2020 Recipients
Brick House Project
Boise High’s Community Leadership Class/Idaho Federation of Families
The Brick House Project (BHP) will be a healthy and neutral space for all high school students. This will be a safe space where young people will have access to educational materials on mental health, can participate in weekly expert Q&As, collaborate with other students, use a “Zen room” for meditation or a peaceful break, or even simply do homework.
It’s Time for Change
Youth MOVE Florida/Federation of Families
Youth MOVE Florida will host a basketball tournament for youth with mental health issues. During the halftime of each of the tournament games, mental health providers will present on various mental health topics. Project leaders chose a basketball tournament to build confidence and rapport among the youth, knowing that athletics is an important part of their local social culture.
DFIA Health Campaigns
Dekalb Families in Action (DFIA) Youth MOVE
DFIA will conduct three campaigns creating opportunities to share information about mental health treatment, services, and supports, to educate youth and families. The three campaigns are:
1. DFIA Youth MOVE Open Mind, Open Mic – Education Through Poetry, Dance, Art, and Song
2. Mental Health Prayer Breakfast – Youth Outreach through Faith Based Community
3. DFIA Youth MOVE PSAs – Share Recovery Stories to Reduce the Stigma
Reading High School Peer
Reading High School
The “R” Peer program was developed by Reading Senior High School’s Aevidum Club. During an Aevidum lesson focused on mental health awareness and anxiety, several students self-disclosed their struggles with their mental health. From that meeting an increasing number of students expressed the desire to have upperclassmen support them as they were once in their shoes. Project leaders know that the youth are facing adversity; the presence of a peer mentor can be essential for reinforcing the importance of school, fostering good work habits and study skills, providing them with the information they need to make the right choices, but most importantly to us as young adults taking care of our mental health and promoting self-care each and every day.
YYA Break the Stigma
TN Voices for Children
Youth MOVE Tennessee will conduct an interactive videography project featuring and directed by youth and young adults involved with Health Transitions Statewide Young Adult Leadership Council. The video will bring awareness to mental health and youth/young adult voice, by allowing them to strategically share their stories while providing leadership opportunities.
Youth MOVE Detroit
Youth MOVE Detroit will create a video and event titled “Youth Unmasked”, geared towards highlighting youth stories. The videos will show young people telling their personal stories to solicit youth voices in joining the fight against stigma. Youth MOVE Detroit will then host a screening event for the video, including engaging conversations, lists of resources, and opportunities to engage with Youth MOVE Detroit.
Group to Grow
Generation in Hope
Group to Grow aims to decrease stigma and increasing awareness surrounding mental health. Group to Grow will host mental health presentations and panels at the local high school, and organize events and activities for high school students to attend.
Ball State Student Athlete Advisory Committee
CARDS will be a student-athlete mental health subcommittee at Ball State University, whose mission will be to promote mental health awareness, education, and peer support. Subcommittee members will lead a series of initiatives throughout the year to promote mental wellness, with the goal of increasing student-athletes to the mental health and wellness resources available. One of the initiatives will be to create a comprehensive mental health resource list available to all athletes and coaches. Other initiatives will focus on educational events.
Greater Whole Truth Resource Center
Greater Whole Truth Resource Center will host a “Healthy Minds” event series in Wayne County, Michigan, with the goal of connecting youth with resources, coping skills, and a sense of community.