The YouthCharge Mental Health Board is comprised of high school and college-aged youth from around the Denver/Boulder metro areas. They are raising money to support youth-serving organizations that meet at least one of the following needs in Adams County, CO:
Increased accessible transportation for mental health services.
The YouthCharge Mental Health Board chose this issue because many teens have issues accessing transportation to mental health providers, causing them to miss out on needed services. Our board personally knows a lot of people that don't want their parents to find out that they are struggling with their mental health, so they have to find other forms of transportation. Some mental health services are far from teens’ homes and hard to get to. It’s a problem that needs more awareness and funding in order for teens to get the help they need.
Increased access to mental health services for LGBTQ+ youth
The YouthCharge Mental Health Board chose this need because many people in the LGBTQ+ community have mental health struggles from facing negative stereotypes, shame, discrimination, fear, and/or traumatic events. Because of this, it can be a struggle for members of the LGBTQ+ community to accept or let others know this crucial aspect of their identity. LGBTQ+ youth are at an ever greater risk for poor mental health because of the added challenge of going through adolescence and young adulthood.
Increased mental health services in middle and high schools
The YouthCharge Mental Health board wants to expand mental health services in schools. Students often do not feel comfortable communicating their issues and/or feeling vulnerable with their school counselors. Furthermore, counselors don’t have the capacity to fully help students because of the high rates of depression and suicide in Colorado. To help solve this issue and better meet the needs of students, we would like to fund organizations that increase mental health services in Adams County middle and high schools.
To learn more about the YouthCharge program, please visit: https://youthroots.org/youthcharge/
Donations sent through GoFundMe Charity will be sent to YouthRoots, who will then distribute 100% of the funds to the board's chosen winning nonprofits at the end of the program in February 2021.