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Marin 9 to 25 helps amplify the voices of local youth in defining and sharing solutions around physical and mental health. Photo courtesy of Marin 9 to 25

An initiative known as Marin 9 to 25 will accept $400,000 over the next two and a half years in support from the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative as part of a major statewide effort to reimagine California’s health system. 

   Marin 9 to 25, sponsored by the County of Marin and other grant funding, is a collective of youth and adults dedicated to realizing equitable outcomes for those aged 9 to 25. The program helps amplify the voices of local youth in defining and sharing support and solutions around physical and mental health.

   Marin 9 to 25 will work closely with local civic leaders and nonprofits to implement an Accountable Community for Health, creating a platform to align local health and social services through an equity lens. 

   The new grant is focused on developing a sustainable model for wellness support in schools, implementing a framework for sharing data transparently across systems and establishing a governance structure for Marin 9 to 25. Goals include addressing the physical and mental health challenges and associated substance use crisis faced by the county’s young people as well as amplifying the voice of Marin youth.

   “A youth-driven Accountable Community for Health is an innovative approach to promote and realize positive outcomes for youth,” said Marin County Board of Supervisors President Stephanie Moulton-Peters. “I’m proud that Marin 9 to 25 has been chosen to embrace this model to improve the health and well-being of all young people in Marin County. When organizations, communities and young individuals are empowered to work together, we can effect transformative change and ensure equitable access to youth services and supports.”

   The Marin 9 to 25 advisory team includes representatives from the Marin County Probation Department, which devotes more than $1 million each year to youth-serving organizations and schools. Probation is providing technical assistance and fiscal services toward the creation of Marin’s ACH.

   “Probation is as much a social services agency as it is a law enforcement agency, especially when it comes to youth,” Chief Probation Officer Marlon Washington said. “Statewide, probation departments have taken leadership roles because we take a whole-care approach and try to assist those at risk. We believe that results in safer and healthier communities.”

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