InnerAct Alliance, and its youth coalition partner, UthMpact, are proud to be chosen as recipients of a grant award through the GiveWell Community Foundation to address problems related to youth mental health in our community.
InnerAct Alliance proposes to use the funds to support efforts of the UthMpact Leadership Program, which brings together young leaders representing every high school in the Polk County area and nearly every walk of life, to work proactively in schools and in the community. Youth leaders will participate in extensive leadership training to prepare them to develop programs, activities, and services focused on creating positive change in their peer culture through social norms marketing, education, and philanthropy. The partnership between InnerAct Alliance and UthMpact has been successful in contributing to steady decline in the abuse of alcohol among Polk County youth from 28% to 16% over the past 9 years.
UthMpact Leadership's "Focus on Youth Mental Health" Project will endeavor to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, promote self-care, and promote equity by smashing common stereotypes and championing tolerance among teens. Members will create dynamic virtual messaging featuring profiles of teens who represent different ethnic/racial backgrounds and highlight cultural differences while underscoring similarities. Another objective will offer mental health moments in which teens will share successful strategies to reduce stress and offer possible solutions and resources in the community for their peers.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of the GiveWell Community Foundation to help broaden the reach of UthMpact Leadership Program’s messaging and social norms efforts,” said Angie Ellison, executive director of InnerAct Alliance.
For additional information,
please contact InnerAct Alliance and UthMpact at (863) 802-0777.