Elevate Youth California

Elevate Youth California substance use prevention network expands across the state

Congratulations to the Elevate Youth California Cohort 2 community partners that have received awards to develop or increase youth substance use disorder prevention, outreach and education. Learn about Cohort 2 and Cohort 1 below.

Visit the Elevate Youth California web site to learn more about the program and access resources, tools and training webinars.

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Cohort 2

In November 2020, 32 Elevate Youth California community partners received awards up to $1 million to develop or increase youth substance use disorder prevention, outreach and education. With nearly $29.7 million in funding and technical assistance, the community-based and Tribal organizations will increase youth understanding of substance use disorder and reduce community and individual stigma of use and treatment. Funding also focuses on youth activism, mentorship and peer-led supports that lift up youth empowerment and leadership with a focus on impacting policy, systems and environmental change.

Learn about the awarded Cohort 2 organizations on the Elevate Youth California web site. Access the news release.

Cohort 1

In April 2020, 26 community partners received awards up to $1 million to develop or increase youth substance use disorder prevention, outreach and education. Elevate Youth California is providing $21.5 million in funding and technical assistance to partners 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 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.

Learn about the awarded Cohort 1 organizations on the Elevate Youth California web site.


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 provides 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.