Vision 2025: Expand, Empower, Engage

The plan to “Rise to the Challenge” facing youth mental health

In early 2020, Erika’s Lighthouse formalized an ambitious strategic plan. Just a month later the world completely changed – and us with it. However, our plan and goals were just as relevant, if not more so, and we have pushed forward. Join our efforts as we promote inclusive school cultures around mental health.

Our Vision for the Future

Around mental health, every child in every school deserves to:

receive high-quality, evidence-informed education.

have a safe,
inclusive and
welcoming environment.

have the vocabulary,
shared values, and
comfort to seek help.

have knowledgeable adults that are willing and available to help.

know that they
are worthy of good
mental health.

to never feel
alone in their depression
or mental illness.

have a trusted
adult they can turn
to when in need.

have open
conversations with
supportive peers
.

receive help before
ever
experiencing
suicidal ideation.

How We Are Making It Happen

Erika’s Lighthouse programs are organized into Four Pillars that are essential for every school community to meet the mental health needs of students.

Pillar_One
Classroom Education

Evidence-informed curricula that impacts students in grades 4-12 that promotes good mental health, educates about depression and suicide, reduces stigma and encourages help-seeking.

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SUCCESS MEASUREMENT:
# of Youth Impacted

In 2018-19
111,000

In 2021-22
403,000

2025-26 GOAL
1,000,000

Pillar_3
Teen Empowerment

Peer-led school clubs and turn-key activities that normalize and promote conversations around mental health by reducing stigma, educating peers and promoting help-seeking.

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SUCCESS MEASUREMENT:
# Teen Clubs

In 2018-19
14

In 2021-22
43

2025-26 GOAL
250

pillar_2
Family Engagement

Handbooks, workshops, activities, discussion guides and other resources that foster inclusive and supportive dialogue in homes around mental health that promotes wellness.

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SUCCESS MEASUREMENT:
# of Parents Impacted

In 2018-19
3,500

In 2021-22
9,200

2025-26 GOAL
25,000

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School Policy & Staff

Staff training, policy recommendations and partnerships that help schools build a coordinated, comprehensive strategy to meet the mental health needs of students.

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SUCCESS MEASUREMENT:
# of Schools

In 2018-19
362

In 2021-22
1,503

2025-26 GOAL
5,000

Effective

Efficient

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Join Erika’s Lighthouse as we continue our remarkable journey.