Youth Health Initiative – Mental Health / Addiction / ACEs

Initiative 2

Youth Health Initiative - Mental Health / Addiction / ACEs

“Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.” –  Asa Don Brown

“Behavior is the language of trauma. Children will show you before they tell you that they are in distress.” – Micere Keels

Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee extends the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of our community.

Envisioned Goal

Trinity seeks projects to address a broad range of youth health issues in the community. “Youth” is defined as our school-aged population.
Based on the community’s feedback, the following key areas of concern require focused action (we do not expect proposals to address all areas but to focus efforts on a subset of these needs):

1. Prevention and mitigation of ACEs, including evidence-based, trauma-informed approaches
2. Increasing social and emotional learning (SEL) skills
3. Addressing food insecurity and family support
4. Violence intervention and support
5. Addiction intervention and support
6. Addressing the negative academic and social impacts of COVID
7. Increasing access to mental health support and services - especially school and site-based


The CDC states that 36.7% of children aged 12-17 in 2018-2019 reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and 18.8% had seriously considered attempting suicide. With the isolation and disruption caused by the pandemic, educational progress and social growth have been challenged in the last two years – formative years for our youth.

Download Initiative 2 Proposal Details

Files are in PDF format. These files contain information about the intent of the topic, the general grant philosophy, and the approach of Trinity.