Creating socially meaningful impact does not happen in a silo. Working collaboratively with partners and sharing learnings across our sectors will support strategy and innovation. As a leader in youth behavioral health research, Hopelab found ways to share that knowledge and build bridges between policymakers, venture capitalists, designers, entrepreneurs, young leaders, and academics. These relationships have played a crucial role in advancing solutions aimed at enhancing adolescent well-being outcomes.
Understanding and Investing in the Promise of Adolescence
Understanding how adolescents, young people ages 10 to 25, develop, learn, adapt to change, form relationships, and explore their environments is a key component of helping them achieve their full potential in adulthood. Adolescence, a pivotal phase of growth and learning, marks a time of remarkable maturation of the brain. During this period, connections between different brain regions strengthen and become more efficient, while unused connections naturally diminish.
Although current perceptions of adolescents can revolve around notions of influencer obsession, moodiness, or perceived lack of control, it can be enlightening to reflect on one’s own adolescent experiences. Recalling the support and skills that were beneficial (or could have been more so) during the process of decision-making, relationship-building, personality formation, and assuming responsibility for the future offers valuable insights.
Hopelab has formed a strategic partnership with FAST (Funders for Adolescent Science Translation), a consortium dedicated to bridging the gap between young people, researchers, and policymakers. This collaboration aims to leverage scientific insights into adolescent health and development, contributing to informed decision-making. Through this investment and partnership, we anticipate identifying key opportunities to foster positive adolescent development and address the mental health needs of young individuals.
Explore the Governor’s Playbook for Youth Mental Health
A resource supported by the FAST collaborative, the Governor’s Playbook is meant to serve as a tool for states to further impactful policy solutions that strengthen youth mental health.