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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Young Minds Advocacy invites you to join us for a night of ‘Creative Advocacy’ to help end stigma towards mental illness, honor mental health champions, and support advocacy that improves lives! The event will take place on Saturday, April 30th at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.

We know that in order for our communities to better meet the mental health needs of young people, we need strong leaders–both youth and adult partners. At the event, Young Minds will be honoring youth and adult advocates who have inspired us with their work and who have made a difference in the lives of youth. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet all of our incredible honorees in person at the event.

2016 Honorees include: 

Kevin Hines: Kevin is an award-winning global speaker, and bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who has changed the way people all over the world think about mental health. Two years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Kevin attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four people (less than 1%) to survive the fall. Today, he dedicates his life to sharing his story of hope and recovery.

Rochelle Trochtenberg: Rochelle was recently appointed by the California Department of Social Services as the new California Foster Care Ombudsperson. She is the first former foster youth to hold the influential position, which is responsible for educating foster youth about their rights, investigating complaints and flagging system failures in California’s child welfare system.

Chloe Sorensen: Chloe is a student at Gunn High School in Palo Alto who, following the suicide of one of her peers in 2014, has advocated for increased recognition of student voice within the school, district, and greater community.

We will also be honoring the voice and experience of young people through creative expression. Art submitted by Bay Area youth around the theme “Creative Advocacy: Art to Reflect, Connect, and Empower” will be on display. There will be live music, food, drinks, and a raffle for attendees to enjoy!

If you’re interested in sponsoring this exciting event, please visit here for more information or email annabelle@youngmindsadvocacy.org.

A limited number of scholarships are available for youth and other community members, with limited means, to attend for free. More informaiton here.

To learn more visit: www.youngmindsadvocacy.org/creative-advocacy-event/.