Culturally Responsive Mental Health Supports for BIPOC Youth


Grantee: Powerful Voices
Timeframe: July 2021 – June 2023 | Total Amount: $318,320

Year 1: July 2021 – June 2022. Amount: $159,160
Year 2: July 2022 – June 2023. Amount: $159,160


Powerful Voices (PV) will hire a Healing Justice Program Manager to coordinate expansion of the trauma-informed mental health supports for youth, including access to culturally responsive BIPOC therapists, healing justice practitioners, and more.

BIPOC girls and gender nonconforming youth experience systemic oppressions primarily at the intersections of race and gender. These young people face alarming disparities, including disproportionately high rates of poverty, gender-based and domestic violence, suspension, incarceration, and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). They also face disparities in access to culturally responsive and affordable mental health supports. PV aims to increase access to culturally responsive, trauma-informed, intersectional mental health services for BIPOC girls and gender nonconforming youth in Seattle and South King County.

Grant funds will support PV’s work to increase access to mental health supports for BIPOC girls and gender nonconforming youth in King County by expanding the trauma-informed programming and service offerings PV provides to BIPOC youth. Through this expansion, PV seeks to fund a new staff position–a Healing Justice Program Manager–who will work with youth and coordinate with other staff, healing justice and mental health practitioners, and other partners to develop and integrate expanded mental health supports that are rooted in trauma-informed, culturally responsive best practices.

The Healing Justice Program Manager will help facilitate mental health supports that are responsive to BIPOC youth’s identities and lived experiences, while supporting youth as they take charge of their well-being.


About Our Grantee

Powerful Voices

Founded in 1995, Powerful Voices (PV) creates brave spaces with girls* of color to take charge of their own power as leaders, igniting their abilities to confidently express themselves, build community, and act against injustices affecting their lives. [*young people ages 12 to 19, who identify as or socialize as girls; this definition applies anytime “girl” appears.] Annually, PV partners with 100-200 girls and gender nonconforming young folks of color from Seattle and south King County.

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