YLP 2020 Mental Health Summit recap
On June 28th, the Youth Leadership Program held its annual Mental Health Summit virtually. It was attended by close to 200 attendees. The program goal is to help raise awareness about mental health, reduce the stigma associated with mental disorders, and normalize mental wellness in the Indian community. This summit was to be held in-person but due to CoVID19- it was moved to a virtual summit.
It was an honor to have Senator Manka Dhingra and Councilmember Claudia Balducci as our keynote speakers.
IAWW and IAWW Youth Leadership Program vision ware presented
YLP year thus far (Oct-June) video
Youth Leadership Program- Youth presentations on Mental Health.
Planning for the Summit
Close to 150 youth in the Leadership Program participated from late October to late June for this advocacy work. They participated in research and conversations on Mental Health & Wellness to prepare for this summit.
On February 23rd, Youth Board, Youth Council, and Youth Outreach came together for a 4.5-hour session to work on the final summit topics and research. The large group split into 8 subgroups and each youth presented their work. We had Lifeskills-CPR hand on training at this session. Crisis Connection resources as well as Certified Therapist and Psychiatrist present for this session.
Here’s a snapshot of the last 8 months of advocacy work: