July is National Minority Mental
Health Awareness Month


Meet the Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board


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.


Tech innovation:

Become a volunteer crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line


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


Partnership with 7 Cups

Connecting with "active listeners" for emotional support.


Young, Gifted and @ Risk

Stanford University hosted the Steve Fund's second national conference on student of color mental health on November 20, 2015.


Harvard Black Alumni Society’s Mental Health Initiative hosted a Steve Fund "lunch & learn" on November 14.


About the Steve Fund

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.

We are dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

Learn more.


The Steve Fund in the media: 

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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.

Visit the Knowledge Center

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:


Coming up: Steve Fund teams up with the NAACP in July

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The Steve Fund will team up with the NAACP in July to present new mental and emotional health programs for NAACP youth and their families.

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News article: Onyx Magazine reports on Steve Fund (Onyx Magazine, May 2016)

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In its May 2016 edition, Onyx Magazine reports on the Steve Fund’s activities in an article titled “The Emotional Well-Being of Young People of Color Understudied and Underserved “. The Florida-based magazine reports on the Fund’s partnership with the JED Foundation


News article: Promoting the Mental Health Needs of College Students of Color (Black Enterprise Magazine, May 2016)

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In its May 2016 edition, Black Enterprise Magazine reports on the Steve Fund’s activities. The article includes statements from the Fund’s Scientific Advisor Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, and from the organization’s president, Evan Rose.

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News article: A Counselor Who Looks Like You (Inside Higher Ed, 3/3/2016)

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Inside Higher Ed quotes the Steve Fund and its senior scientific Advisor Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble on the subject of “ethnic matching.”

National Survey Seeks to Highlight Outstanding Campus-Based Programs Supporting Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing of Students of Color

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As part of a collaborative initiative between The Jed Foundation and The Steve Fund (two organizations focused on identifying and addressing the mental health needs of college students), campus leaders are invited to share information regarding innovative and effective campus-based programs.

News release: Two Scholars Receive Funding to Expand Research on Mental Health among Students of Color (The Steve Fund, Feb 3, 2016)

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Two Scholars receive funding to expand research on mental health among students of color, thanks to a partnership between Active Minds and the Steve Fund.

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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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