Having access to innovative and financially stable positive youth development programs that are responsive to community needs is critical for children’s well-being particularly in poor under-served communities. Grass roots programs have excellent potential to impact youth in creative and enriching ways but are too often plagued by a lack of resources and expertise to formalize and evaluate their services which in turn detrimentally impacts their sustainability and ability to expand. FIU-BRIDGE is a community based applied research institute which brings together expert clinicians and researchers with over a decade of experience engaging in meaningful university-community partnerships. FIU-BRIDGE is housed at Florida International University (FIU) a minority-serving institution (MSI) that is designated as a High Research and a Community Engaged university by the Carnegie Foundation. FIU is the 4th largest public university in the U.S. and the 2nd largest in Florida, with over 54,000 students of which 61% are Hispanic and 20% are from other underrepresented groups. FIU has recently been named an AshokaU Changemaker Campus and considers itself a solutions center. The FIU 2015-2020 Strategic Plan notes, “FIU has been at the heart of bringing wellness to our community.” Accordingly, FIU-BRIDGE’s mission is to develop and evaluate innovative programs for youth to reduce risky behavior and empower children’s wellbeing. By leveraging our skills and infrastructure, FIU-BRIDGE has been able to bring to bear extensive university-level resources to community programs and people working to improve the lives of children. Our university-community partnerships facilitate innovative, high quality, sustainable, comprehensive programs for the promotion of children’s wellbeing particularly among poor under-served communities. Our aim is to continue to broaden our reach through this Children’s Wellbeing Challenge. We seek to expand our services by (a) advancing knowledge about pioneering, non-traditional community programs that foster positive youth development, (b) establishing new avenues for promoting our findings (e.g., enhancing our web and social media presence), (c) securing opportunities for additional sources of funding, and (d) continuing to develop new partnerships for implementing and evaluating innovative programs to enhance children’s lives.