for Cincinnati’s 3rd Annual



1N5 is hosting the city’s third-annual YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH INNOVATION CHALLENGE. We are looking for 60 outstanding game-changing high school students, 40 college students and 40 mentors to develop innovative solutions to today’s mental health issues with the help of professional mentors.

This two-day workshop will foster a unique learning experience and professional development for high school students (incoming tenth – twelfth graders) and college students, as well as a rewarding experience for mentors passionate about improving the lives of today’s youth and tackling relevant issues.

This groundbreaking event will begin with Tom Merrill, Master Facilitator with ExperiencePoint, educating and inspiring students on the innovative design thinking process and problem-solving strategies. From there, students will work in small teams of five to create, develop, and present their creative solutions to intentional mental health challenge prompts designed to make students think outside the box to arrive at useful and practical solutions for today’s youth. Student teams will work closely with professional mentors on their solution development, proposal, pitch, and presentation. At the end of the second day of the workshop, student teams will present their innovative solutions in front of an expert judging panel of mental health and social change experts.

FIVE student teams will be awarded implementation funding for the top solutions as follows:

  • The top student team will be awarded $5,000 implementation grant
  • Four other student teams will receive $1,000/each for implementation grant

Primary Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the design thinking process and strategies
  • Brainstorming and ideating in small groups
  • Learn critical problem-solving and program development skills
  • Learn the power of a professional elevator pitch
  • Establish and build pitch presentation and public speaking skills
  • Engage in project-based learning
  • Collaboration and teamwork among peers to devise innovative and creative ways to address critical areas of need within society

Only students and mentors serious about making a difference and helping provide solutions to mental health issues affecting today’s teens and youth need apply. Please choose the correct application link below. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Click HERE to download Participant Agreement/Media Release Form 2020