Join us for a full day of conversations and learning about supporting well-being by improving the places where we live, learn, work, play, and pray.


When: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Harris County Department of Education Conference Center

6300 Irvington Blvd.

Houston, TX 77022

Young Minds Matter: Transforming our Communities Collectively is a free convening co-hosted by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Prevention Institute. The conference features some of the most vibrant minds and cutting-edge strategies for collaborating with children, youth, and families as decision-makers and leaders in community transformation. Join us to learn how communities promote mental health and well-being in everyday life and how centering young people can transform an entire community.

This year will include both virtual and live sessions. More information about conference sessions and activities will be coming in the weeks ahead. Themes will include:

  • Sustaining Partnerships & Collective Efforts
  • Youth and Community as Change Agents
  • Challenges & Opportunities on the Horizon
  • Self-Care & Creating Healthier Environments
  • Racial Equity & Justice
  • Preserving Communities & Culture
  • Youth Voices for Change


YMM Recap:

The theme of our 2023 Young Minds Matter (YMM) conference was Transforming Our Communities Collectively. Over 300 attendees came together to share their youthful energy and their experiences as change-makers and leaders in community transformation. 

In this podcast episode, recorded on location at the conference, guest host Nakia Sims interviews Brandie Meister. Nakia is a member of the Hogg Foundation’s Contributor’s Circle. Brandie is the vice-president and co-founder of the Austin-based nonprofit Real Queens Fix Each Other’s Crowns and a presenter at this year’s YMM.  

At a time when young people are facing challenges around mental health, #YoungMindsMatter has been a steady space for thought leaders, community advocates, and youth to gather and discuss upstream solutions to wellbeing and mental health. "The insight, vulnerability, and stories shared at Young Minds Matter ignited conversations that will echo beyond that one day." Read more from PI Director, Dana Fields-Johnson.


Harris County Department of Education Conference Center
6300 Irvington Blvd. Houston, TX 77022