for Cincinnati’s 3rd Annual



1N5 is hosting the city’s third-annual YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH INNOVATION CHALLENGE. We are looking for 30 outstanding game-changing students to develop innovative solutions to today’s mental health issues with the help of professional mentors.

  • Date: August 8 & 9, 2020  
  • Applications: due Sunday, July 19, 2020 
  • Location: YMHIC will now be a virtual two-day workshop
  • Time: We will have two interactive Zoom (Yes, this is possible!) sessions each day:
    • 10am – 12pm
    • 2:30pm – 4:30pm  
  • Format:
    • Students will be in breakout rooms working with design thinking and content experts to solve a mental health challenge prompt.
    • Students need a computer with a camera and microphone to utilize the features in zoom. 

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, and presentation. At the end of the second day of the workshop, student teams will present their innovative solutions.

1N5 will work with the teams to help bring their idea into implementation. 

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
  • 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 to 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


  • All applications are currently closed