The Department of Health and Human Services has selected a group in Fresno, Calif., as one of 14 finalists for its Children and Youth Resilience Challenge.
The challenge aims to fund "innovative, community-based, youth-led solutions which help build resilience and advance mental health and well-being among children and youth," per a press release.
The Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership's Youth Leadership Council will receive a $25,000 award to pilot a "train-the-trainer model of building resilience through trauma-informed, community-based service and leadership," per the release.
"It is my belief, as well as that of FCHIP, that today's youth are our everyday eyes and ears when it comes to distinguishing health disparities that prove harmful for our communities," says Christian Santos, chair of FCHIP's Youth Leadership Council.
"With their innovative ideas and rising drive to generate positive social changenow is the time for action, now is the time for Youth Health Ambassadors," adds Artie Padilla, director of the DRIVE Initiative.
The challenge will culminate in a summit in Washington, DC, in 2024.
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