Hopelab and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation share a deep belief in the power of young people as key leaders in improving youth mental health and well-being and an acknowledgment that many existing structures do not include nor fully honor their knowledge, skills, and experience. In June 2023, Hopelab and the Arthur M. Blank Foundation convened a group of 30 individuals – young leaders, policymakers, and funders alike – to collectively understand the opportunities and challenges for youth mental health. The insights and activism of young people working to create change for youth mental well-being have inspired us. While Hopelab has a long history of engaging youth in research, we see opportunities to deepen the ways we engage youth in our work and across the ecosystem, including:
- Creating more pathways for young leaders in addressing challenges and opportunities for youth mental health.
- Model intergenerational collaboration as a strategy for addressing these challenges and opportunities.