Through our K-12 initiatives, Active Minds is mobilizing and empowering youth and young adults to change the conversation about mental health and engage in our proven peer-to-peer approach in their schools. In doing so, we are not only changing schools, school systems, and families, but building resilience, leadership skills, connections, and confidence in youth.

When youth and young people lead and elevate the conversation about mental health, with the support of educators, administrators, parents, and families, this will lead to school communities prioritizing resources to ensure long-term care.

Mental health issues are on the rise for middle school and high school youth. These issues are further exacerbated by racism, gun violence, homophobia, COVID-19, among other things. We need to do something to address this crisis NOW and support students in advocating for more mental health awareness and peer-to-peer conversations to help change the culture and conversation around mental health.

To help protect youth mental health, Active Minds is committed to reaching 1,000 new K-12 schools in 1,000 days through our youth-led programs. We are excited to have you be part of this movement to support K-12 youth and school mental health efforts. Find out the ways you can be involved on the 1K in 1K homepage, linked through the button below.

through our work, we partner with:

K-12 students

We empower middle and high school students with the knowledge and skills to elevate the conversation about mental health and advocate for mental health policies and programs in their schools and communities.

Youth Champions (teachers, administrators, parents, caregivers, & families)

To effectively mobilize for change, youth need the support of teachers, school administrators, parents,caregivers, and families. Together they can influence how school board leaders, district and school administrators, and teachers are engaged in mental health advocacy. To ensure youth have the support they need to be successful in their advocacy, Active Minds works with youth champions inside and outside of schools through our innovative Youth Champions curriculum.

check out our programs for high school students & other K-12 communities below: