The INSPIRE+ project empowers youth from communities of color and other marginalized populations disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs in three California counties (Fresno, Sacramento, and Alameda) to generate policy, systems, and environmental change solutions to address unhealthy substance use. Our INSPIRE+ Design Fellow training curriculum merges positive youth development, human centered design, and trauma-informed principles to implement ETR’s trauma-informed youth-centered health design (TIYCHD) framework. TIYCHD involves and engages youth as co-creators, respecting their knowledge, lived experience, and leadership to design solutions for their communities that promote safety, equity, stronger relationships, and well-being.
Curriculum Developer and Facilitator
The INSPIRE+ project won the 2022 Excellence in Adolescent Health Award from the Adolescent Health Initiative. This competitive award recognizes individuals or teams who are doing exceptional work in the field. In 2022, the award criteria had a particular focus on programs that intentionally center anti-racist practices in their work.