The global COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, including in devastating effects on youth’s mental health outcomes. The public health crisis also coincides with horrific incidents of police brutality that have renewed momentum toward racial justice and healing in response to calls to action heard across the country. As such, The Children’s Partnership (TCP), in partnership with the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), is launching the Hope, Healing, and Health Collective.
Our aim is to is to expand the availability and accessibility of culturally-competent and gender-responsive mental health services and supports to youth of color, particularly Black girls, Indigenous youth, and Latina girls who are experiencing historic, crisis-level rates of mental health needs and suicide risk. Despite evidence of a demonstrated need, behavioral health services are underutilized among communities of color.
The reasons why youth of color do not engage in traditional mental health services at rates that are proportionate to the need within those communities are complex — including limited access, social stigma, misgivings about the efficacy of treatment, and distrust of providers. Additionally, a lack of mental health care coordination with the broader health care system and other service providers fails to effectively engage the youth being served.
TCP and NBWJI is seeking proposals from potential partners with the experience and expertise in supporting the socioemotional wellbeing of youth of color through culturally-responsive youth services, including youth development, youth advocacy, peer support, restorative justice, and clinical mental health services to assist TCP and NBWJI in developing a policy agenda that builds the capacity of the youth-serving systems of care to provide effective, compassionate, and culturally-responsive healing for young people from marginalized communities and identities.
TCP will provide support for the participation of one youth leader and a staff mentor from each of 12-15 grassroots or direct-service organizations in a virtual community (youth leaders to be selected by the respective organizations). TCP is currently scheduled to host activities of the Collective through December 31, 2021. A total of up to $300,000 will be awarded to 12-15 partners who meet the outlined criteria, with an average award of $20,000-25,000.
Please submit your response via email to email@example.com by 5:00 PM PT on Friday, March 12, 2021. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Monday, April 12, 2021.
Policy Director – Mental Health, The Children’s Partnership