2016 Activities

The Steve Fund launches partnerships with leading Non-Profits serving diverse young people of color

A critical element of our strategy is assisting organizations that serve students of color to access knowledge about this population’s needs regarding mental health and emotional well-being.  We are collaborating with a number of groups to position mental health on their agendas, to promote awareness and dialogue, and to inform their constituents about how to obtain help.  The needs we address include customized programs, guest speakers with culturally-relevant expertise, skill-building in resiliency and stress management, peer support and on-line access to mental health support.

Spring 2016:  Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

The Steve Fund is partnering with Management Leadership for Tomorrow “MLT” to promote the mental and emotional well-being of this important organization’s constituents and staff. MLT equips African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide. The Steve Fund is supporting the mental health and emotional wellness of young people of color who are in college and transitioning to leadership careers by conducting a webinar series for MLT leaders, coaches, staff, and and student constituents.

Webinars in March and April 2016

  • Introduction to mental health and why is it so important to MLT students covering a “MH 101” session that covers most common mental health issues facing students of color in college and transitioning to leadership careers (e.g., stress and anxiety, depression, ADHD); engagement and stigma reduction, treatment options and access; self-care; introduction to belonging and isolation.)
  • Exploring imposter syndrome, perceived discrimination, and stereotype threat.
  • Peer support and culturally competent systems of support

Spring-Fall, 2016: NAACP

The Steve Fund is partnering with the NAACP to support the mental and emotional health of students participating in its nationally-recognized youth programs. The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

The Steve Fund is providing mental health education, dialogue, and interactive motivational and education learning sessions both on-line and in-person for NAACP youth participants and their families as the students engage in the program, compete, and transition to college. These offerings are under the leadership of the Steve Fund’s Research and Behavioral Science Expert.

“Mental and emotional well-being are needed for our young people to compete and reach their full potential. Serious attention to mental health undergirds their success and contributions to our community,” says Larry Brown, NAACP, ACT-SO program.

Summer 2016:  Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

The Steve Fund is partnering with SEO to promote the mental and emotional well-being of their participants through our Mental Health and Wellness Workshop. 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 graduation rate. In college, SEO continues to support students through each of their four years, providing one-on-one academic, personal, and career exploration support.
The Steve Fund is supporting the mental health and emotional wellness of SEO’s constituents by conducting in-person –with live streaming—Mental Health and Wellness Workshop for incoming freshmen and rising college sophomores addressing topics such as cross-cultural awareness, connecting feelings to behaviors, identification of symptoms, managing stress, isolation, peer pressure, anxiety, identifying coping skills, and destigmatizing discussions about mental health.

“We all need greater insight and guidance to better navigate this arena,” says Julian Johnson, Executive VIce President, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity.

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Upcoming Events for Colleges and Universities

May 2016-December 2016: Steve Fund / Jed Foundation model framework

The Steve Fund has partnered with the JED Foundation to conduct a survey of mental health programs on campuses around the country to promote the mental health of young people of color. This research forms the base for the development of a Model Framework of Best Practices for colleges and universities.  We expect to release the framework in May.  It will provide practical, tactical and actionable recommendations for the promotion of mental health and well being of this demographic.  Together, we will promote this first-of-its kind approach, which will be based on best evidence, literature, and expert input available.

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Building Knowledge and Thought Leadership Upcoming Activities

November, 2016: Young, Gifted & @Risk” 2016 at Washington University

In partnership with Washington University’s Brown Center, the Steve Fund will convene its third annual “Young, Gifted & @Risk” conference in 2016 in the Mid-West. The conference brings together college leaders, researchers, practitioners, students and community members to examine the latest research on the mental health of young people of color on campuses, trends and developments nationally in the field, and to share ideas that challenge the status quo and build best practice.

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Awareness and Dialogue

March 2016 Launch of Youth Advisory Board

The Steve Fund is committed to leadership, dialogue and engagement by young people of color to build better, stronger, and broader approaches across the country for mental and emotional well-being.  That is why we have launched a Youth Advisory Board. Learn more.

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2015 Activities

Young, Gifted, and @ Risk Conference 2015 at Stanford University

The second national conference “Young, Gifted, and @ Risk” took place at the Clarke Center of the Stanford University School of Medicine, Friday November 20th, 2015; the  event was co-sponsored with the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), Center of Excellence for Diversity, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the Steve Fund.

Find more information here.

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Symposium on Mental Health of College Students at Brown University

The Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicty at Brown University partnered to present “Young, Gifted and@Risk” a daylong symposium convening outstanding experts in mental health and university leaders to explore the challenges to mental and emotional health facing young people of color, and strategies to address them.

Selection of the Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholar

Through Active Minds, an outstanding organization supporting the mental health of the nation’s college students, the Fund is supporting the development of scholarship about behavioral health. Stephen C. Rose Legacy scholars will focus on research relating to mental and emotional health of students of color, and will be connected with a network of emerging researchers and national experts in the field of behavioral health.

Presentation of Webinar Series on Mental Health of Students of Color

The Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund is partnering with the JED Foundation, a leader in emotional health and suicide prevention among college students, to present a webinar series for college mental health and student services providers on a set of critical themes related to the mental health of college students of color. Presenters include leading scholars and practitioners

Mental Health Partnership with Harvard Black Alumni Society:

The Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund and Harvard Black Alumni Society have joined forces to promote the mental and emotional health and well-being of young Harvard Alumni and university students through a new initiative of the Society.

Sponsorship of Mental Health Focus at Black Solidarity Conference at Yale University

The Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund provided support to incorporate a focus on mental and emotional health of black college students at this annual convening of hundreds from across the nation hosted at Yale University. The Black Solidarity Conference at Yale seeks to bring undergraduates of all colors together to discuss issues pertaining to the African Diaspora.  Through discussions, panels, networking and social gatherings, over 700 students analyze issues affecting our community and explore solutions to undertake  at their respective college campuses

The Mind, Body and Spirit: Men’s Health & Wellness Conference and Fair

The Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund helped to sponsor Journey to Healing program at Harlem Hospital, a gathering of thought leaders, healthcare professionals, community advocates discussing important topics as they relate to men’s health.  Mental health was an area of special interest.

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