Elevate Youth California

The Program

Elevate Youth California is providing $21.5 million in funding and technical assistance to partners throughout the state who are increasing youth understanding of substance use disorder and reducing community and individual stigma of use and treatment. Funding also focuses on mentorship and peer-led supports that lift up youth empowerment and leadership with a focus on impacting policy, systems and environmental change.

Grants of up to $1 million per project are supporting organizations working with youth ages 12 to 26 in urban and rural areas of the state, particularly communities of color disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. Funding will support efforts through November 2022.

Congratulations to 26 community partners in 21 counties throughout California that have received awards up to $1 million to develop or increase youth substance use disorder prevention, outreach and education!

Learn about the funded projects.


Background

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation was awarded the California Department of Health Care Services Proposition 64 Youth Substance Use Disorder Prevention Program contract. Now called Elevate Youth California, this statewide program will provide $21.5 million in funding and technical assistance for organizations that are developing or increasing community substance use disorder prevention, outreach and education focused on youth.

Awarded organizations are using the funding to increase youth understanding of substance use disorder, reduce community and individual stigma of use and treatment, increase recognition of the chronic nature of the disease of addiction, and build substance use disorder prevention education into community outreach and services. Proposition 64 funding prioritizes youth education, prevention and early intervention, connecting youth and their families to programs that include wraparound care in communities disproportionately harmed by past and current drug policies and criminalized for substance use disorder.