About the Steve Fund

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

Right at this moment, there are young people 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.


The Steve Fund Crisis Response Task Force Releases Recommendations for Higher Education Institutions and Employers on Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being of Students of Color.

We are in this together, and help is always available.

TEXT STEVE to 741741 to access a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor.

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The Steve Fund is partnering with Harry’s and young men of color to speak up about mental health. Together, we aim to find the help, hope and healing we all need to thrive.

Today, there is a mental health crisis in our communities. Too many young people of color are failing academically, suffering emotionally and facing serious risk. Why? Because mental health is poorly understood and not acted on. Click HERE to find out more

Equity in Mental Health

The Steve Fund and the Jed Foundation have partnered to create the Equity in Mental Health Framework with ten expert recommendations for America’s colleges and universities to better support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Read news release.

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Text STEVE to 741741

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. Share this resource and learn more.

The Knowledge Center

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.

"Building Knowledge and Capacity Among Organizations Serving Young People of Color is a Critical Element of the Steve Fund’s Mission. Therefore, We Offer an Array of Programs and Services Based on the Framework and Designed to Assist Colleges and Universities and Nonprofits in Improving Their Mental Health and Emotional Well-being Support for Students of Color."

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Our Mission: Promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color