In Her Own Words: Adria, 17, on Mental Health

By Giving List Staff   |   March 30, 2022

“Being part of this collective really just validated my feelings that us youth matter,” said Adria Marin, a 17-year-old photographer and youth leader in the Hope, Healing and Health Collective (H3C).

The Children’s Partnership (TCP) convened the youth-led Hope, Healing and Health Collective with partners at the National Black Women’s Justice Institute last year to drive policy changes for the mental health of BIPOC youth.

You can hear directly from Adria –who also serves as a youth advisory council member at Las Fotos Project, empowering teenage girls through photography and mentorship – here.

Despite a rising national mental health crisis for youth, in particular BIPOC youth, 100% of the members of the H3C reported feeling like the H3C was a safe space to talk about mental health issues. Nearly three in four shared that they felt more confident speaking about mental health issues with peers.

This summer, TCP is excited to release a report with policy recommendations led by the H3C. But they need your help to make these policy ideas a reality.

All donations made to TCP in support of the mental health agenda put forward by the H3C will be generously matched up to $20,000!

“We’re already changing things and we want to make policy changes and we want to brainstorm,” Adria said about the work she did with the H3C. “…It’s about taking care of our next generation.”

Join Adria and TCP in providing more Hope, Healing and Health: together, we can support youth by supporting their mental health needs. To learn more about the campaign and to donate your matchable gift today, click here. All donors will get a special chance to read the youth-led mental health policy solutions and report this summer. You can also listen to the full interview with Adria here.


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All donations made to TCP in support of the mental health agenda put forward by the H3C will be generously matched up to $20,000!


For over 25 years, The Children’s Partnership has envisioned a California where all children—regardless of their race, ethnicity or place of birth—have the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and thrive. Our mission is to advance this vision of child health equity through research, policy and community engagement.

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Vice President of Government Relations & Community Affairs, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

A $200,000 Goal

For the hope, healing and health of BIPOC youth, systemic change is the only way forward. 

TCP supports the BIPOC youth-led policy council, known affectionately as the H3C, in reforming the mental health landscape for their communities.

With funding for the council to deliver recommendations through 2021, we need your help to put their agenda into action. Policy implementation takes advocating to legislators, building public will, and staffing resources that require us to raise $200,000. Our Board will match up to 10 percent. 

In 2020, as the pandemic worsened mental health crises, Black and Latinx children were 14 percent less likely than white to receive treatment for depression. Suicide was the second leading cause of death for Native youth – nearly 3.5 times higher than the national average.

We need your help to not only empower the voices of 15 youth leaders, but also get their ideas to the finish line, creating policy change that impacts millions.

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