In response to the youth mental health crisis, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced a $1 million Children and Youth Resilience Challenge.

The challenge will fund community-led innovations and solutions that promote resilience in children and adolescents, birth to age 24, impacted by COVID-19 and other disasters.

The Challenge aims to:

  • Award prizes to community-led solutions that promote resilience, advance mental health and well-being, and reduce the risk for negative mental health outcomes among children and youth
  • Promote positive strategies and solutions that help children and youth – and their families and support systems – thrive
  • Identify and elevate promising practices that promote culturally and linguistically responsive protective factors to improve resilience and advance mental health and well-being
  • Support community-led innovation in promoting resilience among children, youth, and their families (in places such as community organizations, early childhood education settings, schools, primary care, and other children- and youth-serving or youth-led organizations)
  • Increase understanding of gaps and opportunities to promote resilience, especially in underserved communities
  • Catalyze action through public-private partnerships to broaden impact, address local needs, and promote sustainability

Proposals for the challenge are due on July 7 by 11:59 PM ET.

Get more information here.