The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, mental health experts, families, and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color. The Fund holds an annual conference series, Young, Gifted & @Risk, and offers a Knowledge Center with curated expert information. With multicultural mental health experts it delivers on-campus and on-site programs and services for colleges and non-profits, and through tech partnerships it provides direct services to young people of color.
Founded in 2008, Safe Space Radio is a public health intervention on the air. We have broadcast over 300 episodes and received numerous national awards for mental health, stigma reduction, social justice and radio production. The first season of our four-part miniseries, Can We Talk?, broadcast in May 2019 for Mental Health Awareness Month. Our second season is broadcasting throughout 2020 and 2021 in response to immediate need. Two long-form specials, Out-Takes, on suicide prevention among LGBTQ teens, and Still Here, on caregiving and dementia, both broadcast nationally in 2016. Our podcast is used in training programs for healthcare professionals, therapists, and teachers as they learn to address the needs of underserved populations.
The youth mental health crisis and the unintended consequences of growing up digital can no longer be ignored. We discover, empower, and mobilize courageous youth leaders who are stepping up to challenge the digital ecosystem and our unrealistic social norms so they can improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people for generations to come. Because youth agency is at the heart of our mission and an essential part of our programmatic DNA, we don’t tell them what to do. We ask them.
All too often, Americans view mental health as a privilege for the wealthy and feel unwelcomed by or disconnected from traditional providers. At the AAKOMA Project, we are working to change that perception. We believe that everyone — regardless of background, income, or identity — deserves optimal mental health, which we define as recognizing mental health challenges, understanding where to get help, and supporting others with similar challenges. Since the stigmas associated with mental health care often begin early, we work with teenagers and their families to raise awareness, conduct patient-centered research, and encourage young people to begin conversations in their communities. We bring a special focus on the unique experiences of people of color. As a result, we are able to engage with communities on a deeper, culturally-relevant level by conducting research and providing clinical support.
YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School’s mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities. It was founded in 1992 to give high school dropouts a second chance; our innovative program offers young at-risk adults a high school diploma, valuable job skills, and the opportunity to learn and grow in a community-oriented, supportive environment.
Our mission is to democratize access to academic support so that all students have an equal opportunity to finish high school, attend college, and achieve upward mobility. We provide free tutoring and college counseling available 24/7, build student-centered technology and support schools and other nonprofits. We want to live in a world where you don’t need wealthy or educated parents to achieve your academic goals. We’ll make this a reality by ensuring every student in the US can access high-quality academic support anytime, anywhere, and from any device.
CodeCrew is a leading nonprofit for technology and computer science education for youth across Memphis. We mentor underrepresented youth to be tech innovators and leaders through practical, hands-on computer science education programs. We are changing Memphis with programs that focus on ensuring that students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and they learn how to put this knowledge to use through programming and software development concepts. CodeCrew programming includes a number of summer camps, after school programs, in-school electives classes, internships and special events.
MIGIZI provides a strong circle of support that nurtures the educational, social, economic and cultural development of American Indian youth. We provide students in 5 school districts academic and cultural support, two training programs (FPP, GJP) that ensure a professional resume, and opportunities for participants to work with partnership organizations. Our vision is that American Indian youth are acknowledged and honored for their sacred gifts and boundless potential, which they share—as leaders—with their communities and nations and that MIGIZI’s circle of relationships is part of a broader movement that advances success, well-being and social justice.
The Bros in Convo Initiative (TBICI) is a Black, Queer lead community-based organization in Orlando, FL providing lack gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving (GBQ/SGL) ages 18 – 35 in Central Florida with capacity building, community resources, emotion and mind wellness, health education, life skills building, linkage to HIV/STI prevention and treatment services, and peer support.
AIWA works with immigrant workers employed in the Bay Area’s garment, home care, hotel, restaurant, assembly and other low-wage industries, and low-income immigrant youth in Oakland. Our organization seeks to empower women and youth through education, leadership development and collective action, so that they can fight for dignity and justice in their daily lives and improve their working and living conditions.