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Inspiring Opportunities Project

Families of children with mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders needs often navigate multiple systems to access necessary supports and services. Families may also face additional challenges due to stigma about mental health. PACER’s Inspiring Opportunities Project will bring together parents, youth and professionals to help families receive the resources and support their children need. This project will also promote increased understanding of children’s mental health, emotional and behavioral needs in the broader community.


PACER will provide individual assistance to families to help them:

  • Develop strategies to support their child’s mental health and behavioral needs at home, in school and in the community
  • Become effective advocates for their child in the education and mental health systems
  • Communicate and partner with professionals
  • Provide outreach to military families


PACER will conduct trainings and offer information for parents and professionals on:

  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors
  • Acknowledging and supporting children’s mental health needs
  • Offering a variety of written resources and trainings about challenging behaviors and interventions  
  • Partnering with multicultural advocates in presentations and webinars
  • Providing innovative live streaming, workshops and webinars


PACER will seek to promote change in the community by:

  • Supporting a Youth Advisory Board to serve as mental health ambassadors
  • Working in partnership with PACER’s multicultural advocates
  • Disseminating information on children’s mental health, emotional and behavioral needs through social media, national blogs and videos
  • Developing an innovative website with resources for multiple audiences
  • Creating information for culturally diverse families through media

PACER Center is a National Parent Center and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on a variety of sources of funding, including donations. It meets all standards of the Minnesota Charities Review Council and is a fiscally sound nonprofit.

How PACER uses your tax-deductible donation:

  • Eighty-four percent (84%) will go directly to programs and services
  • Sixteen percent (16%) will be used for management and fundraising, well below the 30% guideline allowed by United Way
By making a donation, you are helping PACER provide opportunities for children and youth with disabilities and PACER’s Inspiring Opportunities Project. Your contribution will help keep services free of charge to families.