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Young people are making major contributions to addressing challenges in their generation’s well-being, but often, their innovation and activism are overshadowed by stories of the youth mental health crisis. We believe young people are having incredible impact and have the potential to do even more! We want to shine a light on these individuals to amplify their ideas, voices, and influence.

Behavioral Health Tech, Hopelab, Pivotal Ventures, Resonance Philanthropies, and Manatt are sponsoring the Young Innovators in Behavioral Health Awards. This award will recognize emerging leaders in the field, help them bring their ideas and influence to the fore, and offer them access to resources and support. Awardees will receive a cash prize and be invited to participate in the Behavioral Health Tech conference in Phoenix, Arizona on November 5-7, where they will be honored on stage in front of industry leaders from healthcare, digital health, investment, and policy fields. Recognition will also extend to features on behavioralhealthtech.com and through our media partners.

Who should be nominated

Profile and eligibility criteria:
  • Early career, university students, or emerging behavioral health* leaders who are forging a path to mental and emotional well-being and thriving for young people in the U.S.
  • Location: Must be based in the United States.
  • Age: Nominees should be between the ages of 18 and 29 when nominated for the award.
*behavioral health may include the fields of mental health, well-being, wellness, substance abuse and intellectual disabilities.

How to nominate someone

Please submit all nominations via our Young Innovators in Behavioral Health Award nomination form by June 18th, 2024.

You can nominate up to 5 eligible young leaders (including yourself!).

Award categories

Young Innovators are creating change in behavioral health every day. These categories are intended to highlight the diverse contributions across fields of behavioral health. Nominees may fit into more than one award category.
  1. Arts and Activism: Recognize artists, culture workers, and organizers who use creative expression to advocate for change and justice in behavioral health.
  2. Media and Influencers: Recognize journalists, influencers, and other content creators who leverage their media platforms to shape public discourse on behavioral health topics.
  3. Entrepreneurs: Recognize innovators who transform ideas into successful ventures or non-profits.
  4. Tech and Innovation: Recognize pioneers who leveragetechnology to push boundaries and create digital solutions to solve complex behavioral health challenges.
  5. Research and Academia: Recognize researchers, students, and educators who advance evidence-based knowledge in behavioral health and help translate science into solutions.
  6. Clinical Services: Recognize healthcare professionals who provide exemplary care, compassion, and innovation in the delivery of behavioral health care.

Timeline for nominations and selection

  1. June 18: Nominations close. 
  2. June: Screening committee evaluates for eligibility and diversity of award pool. 
  3. July: Selection committee (comprised of 2023 awardees) selects 2024 awardees.
  4. August: Winners notified by email.
  5. November 5-7: Winners honored on stage at the Behavioral Health Tech conference in Arizona.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide real-time updates on the status of each nomination. Winners will be notified by email in late August 2024.

If you have questions, please email YIBH@hopelab.org.

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Earn up to 13 continuing education (CE) hours

In partnership with PESI, our event offered CE credits for mental health professionals who attend. For those unable to make the trip to Arizona, the CE credits were attainable virtually via PESI's streaming platform during the live event.

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