Get inspired with these project ideas —
or craft your own to boost youth mental health!
Paint a Mural
Bring a colorful, uplifting message to your school or town square.
Roll up your sleeves and pick up garbage to restore your community's beauty.
Grow fresh vegetables for a pre-school or a nursing home in your community.
Build an exhibit promoting mental health awareness and action at the state fair.
Use your imagination!
What's your idea to improve your community?
Apply for funding to make it happen!
Running Across America
to spark a nationwide movement for youth mental health
Why I Run Far
My name is Greg Nance. Overwhelmed by depression after my Grandpa Charlie's debilitating stroke, I turned to alcohol and painkillers at age 16. I cut classes, got into fistfights, and was suspended from the tennis team.
The free-fall only stopped with the help of a daily running ritual and the meaningful community I found working on Moneythink, a youth-led volunteer project. Running and volunteering helped me overcome depression and alcohol abuse to finally get sober on December 29, 2011.
In the years since, I've kept running, kept volunteering, and kept smiling too.
I ran across America to pay it forward with Run Far Foundation. The money we've raised together ($128,601 and counting :-) will provide youth with grassroots funding for impactful volunteer service and community-building opportunities.
We can help youth find purpose, have fun, and stay healthy.
Together, let's turn the tide on America's mental illness and addiction epidemics.
Atlantic to Pacific = Mission Accomplished!!
With the help of an amazing team, I ran 3156 miles from New York City to Ocean Shores, WA.
I started with a foot in the Atlantic on April 25th and ran the equivalent of 120 marathons across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington to dip my feet in the Pacific on July 17th!
You can read this Seattle Times feature for more on the Run Across America and our Youth Mental Health mission.
You can follow @RunFarFoundation on Instagram for dispatches from the road — We're excited to introduce you to the amazing youth leaders and mental health champions we met during the run!