Young Minds Matter: Healing, Justice, and Connection for Mental Wellbeing

YMM conference details

 Since 2010, the foundation has hosted a free biennial conference in Houston focusing on children’s mental health topics.



The Young Minds Matter 2021 Virtual Conference Series

Conference Opening: Thursday, October 21 from 10 AM – 6 PM CST

Youth Voices for Change Summit: Saturday, October 23 from 10 AM – 2 PM




If you are joining on the day of the conference, please register to gain access to the conference.


Virtually connect with others through art, community-building, and healing activities to strengthen and improve the mental health and well-being of youth and their families in the greater Houston area and across Texas. 

We are pleased to announce that CEUs will be offered for the following: marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, and certified addiction professionals.

Learning objectives – by attending, participants will be able to:  

  1. Describe ​”upstream” community approaches that can strengthen community healing, connection, and justice.  
  2. Engage in candid and productive discussions about how structural inequities and racism impact the mental well-being of children and youth of color.  
  3. Demonstrate the power of engaging historically excluded groups (people of color, individuals and families experiencing financial challenges, mental health challenges, etc.) in all aspects of multisector, collaborative work. 
  4. Identify barriers and strategies to lift up the voices of youth and residents as the decision-makers and leaders of their community.

Day One Panel

A New Deal for Youth: Our Vision for Healing and Well-being

New Deal 4 Youth graphic

New Deal for Youth (ND4Y) is a youth-led, youth-centered effort advocating for the creation of new systems, policies, investments, and structures that reimagine life for young people in America. Thirty-nine New Deal for Youth Changemakers (young leaders) from around the country have collaborated to develop a holistic, cross-cutting, intersectional policy agenda across six areas, including Healing and Well-Being. During this panel, Changemakers will present their Healing and Well-being platform, describe the process that they took to develop this agenda, and share insights and advice from participating in this initiative.

Check out this guest blog post from Marissa Howdershelt from New Deal for Youth Changemakers:
“Young Minds Matter: The Healing Future”

Youth Voices for Change Summit

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10 AM – 2 PM

The Youth Voices for Change Summit is a FREE half-day, virtual gathering that showcases youth & young advocates as they speak on the importance of justice, healing, and connection for mental wellbeing. Youth (ages 11-24) who #JointheYVFCSummit also win a FREE e-gift card for lunch!

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Young Minds Matter 2021: Youth Summit flyer


 Please note that this year’s YMM conference will take place on Whova, an online platform. This will require you to download the Whova app on your mobile device, or you can attend the conference through your computer. More information on Whova can be found here.

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Past Conferences

2019 - Young Minds Matter: Communities Connecting for Well-being

Young Minds Matter: Communities Connecting for Well-being was a free, one-day training event for people who care about children, youth, families, and caregivers. This event theme grew out of the foundation’s new strategic direction, which focuses on changing community conditions and the root causes that contribute to poor mental health, especially in communities that have been subjected to bias and discrimination. Like previous Young Minds Matter conferences, we focused on children, transition-age youth, and their caregivers, and explored the many ways communities can promote well-being, including mental health in everyday life.

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