Conference discusses draft of groundbreaking recommendations framework

 

The 3rd Annual "Young, Gifted & @Risk" Conference

 

Tumblr and Steve Fund Team Up in Quilt Project to Support Student of Color Mental Health

 

Meet the new Steve Fund Scholars

The Steve Fund announces two new scholarships to advance student-of-color mental health research.

 

Meet the Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board

 

Our Best Wishes and Respect to Kid Cudi

 

Launching the Steve Fund Knowledge Center

Expert resources about the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

 

Our mission:

Promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

 

Infographic: Survey finds many black students don’t seek help.

 

Partnership with 7 Cups

Connecting with "active listeners" for emotional support.

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About the Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

Right at this moment, there are students of color who are failing academically, suffering emotionally and/OR in some cases are facing serious risk, because population-specific factors influencing mental health are too poorly understood and not acted upon. We are taking action.

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Announcing the Equal Chance at Mental Health Framework

The Steve Fund and The Jed Foundation have partnered to create the Equal Chance at Mental Health  Framework with evidence-based expert recommendations for  America’s colleges and universities to better support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. It will be released in early 2017.

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Are you a young person of color? Feeling down, stressed or overwhelmed? Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will receive the text and respond to you quickly to provide support. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

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The new Steve Fund Knowledge Center is a resource for expert information about the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. It contains videos of presentations, panels and interviews with experts, white papers, Webinars and more.

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We are proud and excited to announce the formation of the Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board. The Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board was formed after a nation-wide recruitment process. This group of young students  will support all of the Steve Fund’s programs, initiatives, and outreach efforts.

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Recent News:

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Meet our latest Stephen S. Rose Legacy Scholar

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The winner of the 2017 Active Minds Stephen C. Rose Scholarship is Khushbu Patel, a second year Master’s student at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

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News article: Students of color at disproportionate risk for suicide

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The Columbia Spectator reports on findings that students of color and international students are at a disproportionate risk for suicide. The article quotes Steve Fund Senior Media Advisor Dr. Annelle Primm.

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Conference discusses draft of groundbreaking recommendations framework

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110 senior higher education leaders gathered in New York City to discuss a draft version of a groundbreaking recommendations framework to improve the support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color at America’s colleges and universities.

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Supporting the Black Solidarity Conference

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February is Black History Month. And the Steve Fund is supporting the Black Solidarity Conference for the third year in a row.

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A Reflection on 2016

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We thank you for everything you do to support the mental health of students of color, whether through the Steve Fund, or through other channels available to you. Thank you, so much!

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Article: Mary Christie Foundation features Steve Fund’s work

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The Mary Christie Foundation reports in depth on the Steve Fund’s work, from its beginnings to becoming the only non-profits of its kind.

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What Steve Fund partners say:

SEO Scholars excited to partner

“Given our mission of enabling young people from underserved and underrepresented communities to maximize their opportunities for college and career success, SEO Scholars is excited to partner with The Steve Fund on providing critical educational content related to the mental health and emotional well-being of our College Scholars. SEO Scholars is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college with a 95% college completion rate.”

William A. Goodloe, President & CEO, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

We look forward to our work with the Steve Fund

“As an organization focused on equipping high achieving men and women of color with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide, we look forward to our work with the Steve Fund as we add best practices in mental health and emotional well-being to our programs’  curricula. It’s an important addition that will help maximize our impact on the lives of the young diverse people we serve.”

John Rice, CEO, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

The NAACP is grateful to the Steve Fund

“The NAACP is grateful to the Steve Fund for introducing critical mental health knowledge and best practices through presentations in front of thousands of young people at the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). We consider this a critical addition to this leading achievement program targeted at African American high school students.”

Larry Brown, Jr., ACT-SO National Director

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Stephen "Steve" C. Rose

Stephen “Steve” C. Rose


In 2014, we began a journey, one which no family should ever have to take. It began with the loss of Steve, our beloved son, family member and friend. After graduating from Harvard College and completing a Masters degree at City University, mental illness took Steve from us. We have established the Steve Fund with the aim of preventing other families having to take a journey like ours.

Our nation is not meeting the mental health needs of young people of color. While research shows that the differences in ethnic backgrounds of students necessitate culturally sensitive approaches to supporting their mental health, their needs are still significantly understudied, and insufficiently understood. With minorities forming the majority of Americans by 2044, and the majority of children by 2020, the future success of our nation will depend on the mental health and emotional well-being of these young people.

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