Over 100 young people have graduated from MHA's youth leadership programs, with over 2,000 applicants since the launch of our Young Leaders Council.
Program graduates have gained leadership positions in the public and private sectors, including at Google, UNICEF, the National Academies of Sciences, and the White House.
Our youth leadership reports have been used to create policy and advocacy priorities, including updating federal regulations on mental disability-related discrimination and national and state school mental health policies.
"The community of mental health leaders instilled a strong belief in me that I deserve to be here merely for who I am — I deserve to take up space; I deserve to co-create solutions with influential thought leaders in social impact; and I deserve to be celebrated for getting this far."
2021-22 Young Leaders Council member
"I thought I had hit a dead end in the change that I could make in mental health policy. It was only after I was accepted into the Young Mental Health Leaders Council that I received the guidance, education, and support I needed to work within a system that seemed to be fighting against me."
2020-21 Young Leaders Council member