Dare to Dream America

Dare to Dream America 2018

Now Accepting Applications

Deadline extended: Dec. 20, 2018

Watch the Pre-Application Webinar Recording

Learn more about Dare to Dream America, including the types of projects previously funded, the criteria needed, and what makes a good application. We’ll answer all the questions you have, too.

Pre-application webinar recording: https://youtu.be/dUgj5Gnio7U

In 2017 Alone

We funded youth-driven mental health projects by youth groups across the U.S. focusing on stigma reduction and community education.


Amount Awarded


Youth Groups

The Dare to Dream America program provides an opportunity for youth (ages 13 to 25) or Youth MOVE Chapters to get involved in mental health awareness activities. Successful applicants are awarded a grant up to $2500 to implement projects that promote mental health awareness.

This opportunity is being made available through the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health, Contract #HHSS280201500007C. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

The 2017–2018 cohort of grantees have been selected. More information coming soon.

Dare to Dream America 2016 Recipients

Idaho Youth MOVE

Stigma-busting Buddies

Clay “buddies” were crafted to represent different mental illnesses to show the vulnerability felt by an individual. “Buddies” were created for depression, anxiety and ADHD and depicted on t-shirts. Project participants held groups with elementary aged students to talk about emotions, mental wellness and reaching out for support.


On Track NY

Snap Out Stigma

This project used photography as a medium for young people who have experienced psychosis to share their story and express their voice with the goal of decreasing stigma around psychosis, instilling a sense of hope and recovery, and increasing awareness of first episode psychosis (FEP) and early intervention.


Millennials in Action

You Are Not Alone

This short documentary featured digital stories with youth in the community. Millennials in Action hosted viewing sessions and facilitated discussions around the topics of mental illness, addiction, trauma, recovery and peer support to increase community awareness.


Youth MOVE Broward


An outdoor wellness day was held that included opportunities to learn about and participate in holistic approaches to wellness, and provided natural, alternative methods to cope with stress, anxiety and depression.


My Life

Rocking It To Adulthood Youth Conference

A youth conference was held for youth ages 13-21 experiencing behavioral health,substance abuse, foster care, and juvenile justice. In addition to a motivational speaker, the conference included workshops focused on coping skills like art, music, dance followed by workshops on topics such as applying for a job, getting into college, and budgeting along with a resource fair featuring local service and support organizations.


NFusionX Queen City Youth MOVE

I Am Free To Be Me Youth Summit

NFusionX sponsored Kevin Hines in recognition of National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Month. Kevin is a mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Summit break-out sessions focused on recovery and included topics such as trauma, domestic violence, juvenile justice and substance abuse.



The Greatest Show On Earth, Don’t Clown Around With Your Mental and Physical Health

A carnival-like event was held and each game played discussed issues regarding bullying and the effects bullying have on your mental and physical health. Resources to address bullying and ways to encourage positive thinking were provided to youth attendees.



How I Thrive

How I Thrive is a statewide public service announcement (PSA) campaign designed to provide youth and young adults from across Texas with creative ideas for coping with stress and getting through difficult times. 10-15 second videos of youth answering questions related to coping will be distributed across social media.


Youth MOVE Miami

Discovering Discrimination & Disparities Through Youth Voice and Digital Media

This project created a video about how youth are affected by discrimination and disparities in their communities, which ultimately affects their overall mental wellness. In addition to the video, a social media campaign, focus groups and data collection from youth were conducted.



Wellness in the Heart of Buffalo

A wellness event aimed at reducing mental health stigma was held that included youth and young adults sharing their experiences of hope, strength and recovery as well as advocating for changes in their community. Stations and activities throughout the event focused on self-care, and included a “speak out preparation workshop” to help youth prepare to share their stories in front of an audience.