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California should be treating gun violence as a public health crisis

January 24, 2023

Californians are grieving the many lives lost to recent and ongoing gun violence. Chet P. Hewitt (The Center) and Brian Malte (The Hope and Heal Fund) have partnered to call for sufficient investments in community-led responses to this public health crisis. Read their Cal Matters op-ed (

Our Safety and Wellness are Inextricably Linked

January 24, 2023

There have been three mass shootings in three days in California. We grieve with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community of Monterey Park and the families whose loved ones were murdered or injured celebrating the Lunar New Year. Our hearts are with the farmworkers in Half Moon Bay who lost neighbors. Our condolences are with the many injured in Oakland and the family of the young man who died. Continue reading...

Funding opportunity: Elevate Youth California Supporting Capacity Building for Community Organizations

January 17, 2023

With grants up to $400,000 over two and a half years, Elevate Youth California’s Supporting Capacity Building for Community Organizations funding will strengthen the capacity of emerging grassroots community-based organizations and Tribal organizations throughout California to use community-based programs and practices for substance use disorder prevention among youth ages 12 to 26. Applications are due by Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. PT.

Access the Request for Applications for funding opportunity details and submission instructions.

Partnerships – December 2022

December 16, 2022

Read the December issue of Partnerships for inspiration from our senior managers as they look ahead to 2023, learn about a new funding opportunity, get program updates, meet our newest staff members and find employment opportunities.

Funding opportunity: Community Economic Mobilization Initiative (CEMI)

December 15, 2022

A new Community Economic Mobilization Initiative (CEMI) funding opportunity is open to all organizations that meet eligibility criteria and requirements. Proposals are due Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. Learn more and access the request for proposals on the CEMI page.

Partnerships – October-November 2022

November 22, 2022

Read the October-November issue of Partnerships to learn about our new grantee partners, get program updates, learn about a new funding opportunity, meet our newest staff members and find employment opportunities.

61 Community-based and Tribal organizations receive $58.5 million for youth substance use prevention

November 9, 2022

Congratulations to 61 Elevate Youth California community partners that have received awards up to $1 million to develop or increase youth substance use disorder prevention, outreach and education. With more than $58.5 million in funding and technical assistance, the community-based and Tribal organizations will focus 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. To date, 246 awards to community-based and Tribal organizations have been made to prevent youth substance use. Learn more on the Elevate Youth California site (