Announcing building hope 's Call for proposals

We are pleased to announce that Building Hope is soliciting RFPs for social-emotional youth and family programming.

Teaching children, parents, family members and other trusted adults the skills to be emotionally healthy and to recognize behavioral/mental health needs are key goals of Building Hope. Building Hope is issuing a request for proposal from local agencies who are interested in delivering a comprehensive package of social emotional education, engagement and outreach programs targeting children, parents, family members and trusted adults.  There is currently a strong programming focus for social-emotional learning at the Summit School District.  The intent of this RFP is to expand social emotional programming opportunities for children and families through community-based programming. It is expected that the school and community programming will be well coordinated and complementary of one another.

The desired outcomes of the additional programming are as follows:  increase the number of children who report having a trusted adult in their lives who they can talk with, increase children’s knowledge and skills to ensure behavioral health, and increase the number of parents and trusted adults who have the knowledge and skills to support children in being emotionally healthy.  Specific program strategies that should be developed as part of this RFP include but not limited to:

·       Development and delivery of a comprehensive marketing/education campaign to provide parents with the tools they need to promote positive social and emotional development in their children

·       Expansion of parent education opportunities focused on strengthening parent’s knowledge and skills to support the healthy emotional develop of their child

·       Expansion of training programs that provide social-emotional knowledge and skills to trusted adults who interact frequently with Summit County children

·       Development of a series of connecting events targeting families and children which offers both fun and educational opportunities to learn social and emotional skills. 

If you have any questions about the proposal, please contact Gini Bradley ( All proposals should be submitted to Betsy Casey ( For more information about proposal requirements and guidelines, click below on the link.

Deadline: October 18th  2018


youth mental health programming

New in 2018, Building Hope added a vital program area addressing youth mental health. We know that now, more than ever, Summit County youth and parents need mental health resources and support. With a very generous contribution from Rob Katz, we are pleased to annouce Building Hope's two new strategy areas to support the mental health needs of our youth.

Youth Substance Abuse & Mental Health Treatment

Summit County has not had a formal youth substance abuse or mental health treatment program. However, with Summit Community Care Clinic and Mind Springs Health leading the way and doing the work to establish an Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) program, Building Hope will provide financial and programmatic assistance to help our partners make the youth IOP a reality.  

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs are are a step down from residential treatment programs and provide structured care and treatment for individuals needing more intensive support with mental health and substance abuse issues. 

Social-emotional learning (SEL)

We send our kids to school to learn about history, mathmatics, language and many other disciplines, yet what about the skills they need to navigate the world of their own emotions? These are vital skills and tools that if developed serve youth positivity in developing resilience, coping skills and tools for the rest of their life. Also taking the lead on social emotional learning curriculums is Summit School District who recently started implementing SEL for students in several schools in Summit. Building Hope's SEL programs would target parents, mentors, coaches and youth. 

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.