Google awards Clayful a grant to accelerate mission of ending the youth mental health crisis

The Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund is a significant opportunity for Clayful.

We are thrilled to announce that Clayful, a revolutionary startup dedicated to addressing the youth mental health crisis, has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious 2023 Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund. This incredible achievement not only recognizes the potential of our mission but also provides us with the resources to make an even greater impact on the lives of young people. 

Empowering Student Mental Health: Clayful's Mission and Vision

At Clayful, we firmly believe that every young person deserves access to effective mental health support and resources. We are committed to creating powerful and accessible tools that empower educators, mental health professionals, and students alike. With this recent grant from Google, we are now better equipped than ever to accelerate our efforts and revolutionize the way mental health is approached in schools and communities across the country.

A Team Committed to Transforming Lives

Our founding team, led by CEO Maria Barrera and Chief Experience Officer Melissa Pelochino, brings a wealth of expertise and a shared passion for transforming the lives of young individuals. Maria's background in mechanical engineering, combined with her experience in building a scalable business within the education sector during her time at Nearpod, positions her as a visionary leader in our mission. Melissa, a former teacher, and administrator, has an uncanny ability to translate complex ideas into actionable strategies. Her innovative work in professional development, along with her experience at Nearpod & Seesaw, has been instrumental in shaping Clayful's approach to creating experiential learning products for educators.

What sets our team apart is the diverse and relevant knowledge base we possess. Our core team includes former educators, mental health professionals, and startup veterans who bring a unique perspective to our work. This collective expertise allows us to understand the complex challenges faced by students and educators and enables us to develop evidence-based tools and strategies that address their needs effectively.

The Impact of the Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund

The Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund is a significant opportunity for Clayful. Not only does it provide us with a generous cash award, but it also offers invaluable hands-on support and mentorship from Google. This support will help us navigate the various stages of our startup journey, ensuring that we have the necessary guidance and resources to succeed in our mission.

The Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund is a testament to Google's commitment to fostering diverse entrepreneurship and creating generational change. We are incredibly grateful for their support and for recognizing the importance of addressing mental health challenges among young people.

A Determined Path: Clayful's Mission to End the Youth Mental Health Crisis

At Clayful, we are more determined than ever to fulfill our mission of ending the youth mental health crisis. With the backing of Google and the relentless dedication of our team, we are confident that we will revolutionize mental health support in schools and empower the next generation to thrive.

Join Our Mission: Clayful is Hiring!

As we continue to expand and reach more schools and students, we are also excited to announce that Clayful is hiring! If you are passionate about mental health, education, and making a meaningful difference in the lives of young people, we invite you to join our team.

Visit to explore the exciting opportunities available and be part of our mission to end the youth mental health crisis.

Jane Hursey

Coach Success Specialist

As a Certified Life Coach, Jane brings her passion for mental health, entrepreneurial skills, and experience coaching teens to Clayful.