Youth Wellness

Overview

Mental and emotional well-being is important to overall health. By supporting young people in developing healthy coping skills, we set them up for success in dealing with stress now and in the future. The Cambridge Public Health Department, under the Mental and Behavioral Health Promotion Unit, promotes youth wellness through the work of the Youth Wellness Coordinator (YWC).

The YWC is responsible for providing coordination and support to youth wellness initiatives. This is done by forming partnerships and serving as a resource to existing and new programming throughout the city, and by collaborating with youth-serving organizations and middle and high school students in Cambridge. The Coordinator also oversees a coalition of organizations, individuals, and caregivers who are looking to address substance misuse among youth ages 12-18. 

In addition, the Mental and Behavioral Health Division oversees the Youth Mental Health and Wellness mini-grant awards. Every year, the health department awards funds to Cambridge organizations that offer programming that promotes youth mental health and wellness, with a focus on youth ages 12-18.  

If you would like to learn more or join our coalition to help promote youth wellness, please contact Sarah Lincoln at salincoln@challiance.org or 617- 665-3874.