YouthCharge – Mental Health


My name is Marina Craven and I am 15 years old. I love to dance, I have been a competition dancer for about 7 years. I am a junior at Golden View Classical Academy, which is a charter school in Golden.

I am a senior. I play D&D and listen to a lot of punk rock. I am almost an Eagle Scout. I care a lot about LGBT+ and racial issues. I wish people would know that I love stuffed animals and therefore hopefully gift me stuffed animals.

Hi! I’m Anette De Santiago. There are many issues that I care about, but my #1 will always be Body Image for all genders. We need to normalize that being different is okay. I haven’t always been a leader and I will to change that.

I am Lyla. I am a very empathetic and slightly shy 17 year old girl. I often care about others more than myself, going out of my way to try to help and be inclusive of others. I am sensitive and caring.

Hi, I am Shelnna. I’m a student majoring in biology and am on a pre-nursing track at CU Denver. I care about mental health because mental health matters as much as physical. Something I wish people knew about me is that I’m very open-minded.

My name is Mandy Lieng and I’m a junior at Peak to Peak Charter School. In my free time, I love to create art. I care about mental health advocacy because I want to help destigmatize mental health issues and provide those in need with resources.

I am Luis Nevarez, a high school senior. I care deeply about mental health due to how it has effected myself, my family, and my friends. I hope to study clinical psychology and hope to one day become a family and immigration lawyer.

My name is Daniel Tochimani-Hernandez and I love to read books. Climate change advocacy is something I deeply care about, and I wish people knew that I love to draw.

My name is Finn Voss and I will probably be the only javelin thrower you will ever meet! The number one issue I care about is mental health because it affects students and everyone around them. I care deeply about how people are treated.

The 2020-2021 cohort assessed the community needs and chose 3 issues to fundraise around. The group’s impact statement is: “Supporting youth facing mental health challenges in Adams County, CO.” Check below for more information on the group’s funding priorities, total amount raised, and grant winners!

2020-2021 Impact

Increase accessible transportation to mental health services

Increase access to mental health services for LGBTQ+ youth

Increase mental health services in middle and high schools


Joy as Resistance

The Second Wind Fund

Download the Mental Health board’s impact & grant report here.

YouthRootsYouthCharge – Mental Health Board