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Deadline: July 7, 2023

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Children and Youth Resilience Challenge

The Children and Youth Resilience Prize Challenge will award prizes to innovative community-led solutions to promote resilience in children and adolescents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other man-made or natural disasters. Many children and youth are experiencing a mental health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic upended routines and challenged their mental health and well-being. Families living in under-resourced communities and those experiencing racism and other structural injustices suffered disproportionately, further widening health inequities and disparities.

The Challenge aims to:

  • Award prizes to community-led solutions that promote resilience, advance mental health and well-being, and reduce the risk for negative mental health outcomes among children and youth
  • Promote positive strategies and solutions that help children and youth – and their families and support systems – thrive
  • Identify and elevate promising practices that promote culturally and linguistically responsive protective factors to improve resilience and advance mental health and well-being
  • Support community-led innovation in promoting resilience among children, youth, and their families (in places such as community organizations, early childhood education settings, schools, primary care, and other children- and youth-serving or youth-led organizations)
  • Increase understanding of gaps and opportunities to promote resilience, especially in underserved communities
  • Catalyze action through public-private partnerships to broaden impact, address local needs, and promote sustainability

Community-led solutions are those identified and driven by members of the community who are experts in their own contexts, needs, and solutions. A community-led solution involves community members working together – or in collaboration with other entities – to identify goals and develop plans that build on community strengths and implement those plans to achieve the goals.

Amount: $1,000,000 is available for 14 Phase I winners to receive $25,000 each. One grand prize winner will receive $300,000 and up to two runners-up will receive $175,000 each.

Eligibility: Examples of eligible entities include but are not limited to schools, early childhood settings, primary care providers, community-based organizations, advocacy organizations, tribal organizations or governments, faith-based organizations, for-profit organizations or small businesses, youth-led organizations, or any other child or youth-serving entity. Individuals are also eligible to enter.

Link: https://portal.challenge.gov/public/previews/challenges?challenge=f52e20d7-103f-45e9-a3a6-5559d358e8f0

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