The Active Minds Inaugural Mental Health Advocacy Academy is the only leadership development and mental health advocacy academy that empowers Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) high school students to enact change in their schools, communities, and states. The Academy will prepare high school students for lifelong engagement on advocacy, grassroots organizing, and political engagement around mental health. 

The Mental Health Advocacy Academy is a unique, paid leadership program intended to ensure that high school students have tools and resources to develop mental health advocacy campaigns that will transform change in school, community, and state culture and increase mental health resources. Academy members will have the opportunity to develop a mental health campaign that contributes to the cutting-edge field of mental health policy advocacy.

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Mental Health Advocacy Academy FAQs

Mental health advocacy is a growing trend where people who are passionate about mental health are contributing to changing the conversation about mental health through advocating for policies and awareness campaigns. Young adults have made clear that the most pressing mental health-related issues include addressing racial justice, creating equitable access to mental health care, developing youth-centered mental health policies (school board, local, or state), and achieving affordable, culturally appropriate comprehensive health care.

The Mental Health Advocacy Academy will run from September 2021 through December 2021. Academy participants will be required to attend all meetings with an opportunity to share their campaign outline at our Academy Showcase.

  • $1,500 total stipend (two stipend payments between September and December 2021) 
  • Up to $250 to cover any additional project-related expenses (an application will be required for this additional request) 
  • Professional training from nationally renowned policy and mental health experts 
  • Networking opportunities with other young adult mental health advocates 
  • Active Minds swag

Academy members will have an opportunity to network with facilitators and Active Minds staff during and between Academy sessions. Academy members will also have access to a Slack channel where they can ask questions or share ideas.

Active Minds will offer funds to up to 30 mental health advocates to participate in the Academy in Fall 2021. To be eligible, students should attend high school and identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+. Stipends will be shared upon completion of the academy.

Applications are due by August 30, 2021.