The Steve Fund has partnered with Crisis Text Line to provide this text messaging service as a means to improve the critically needed access for young people of color to crisis counseling. The Fund views text messaging as a key component of its strategy towards addressing the unmet mental health needs of this population.
The Steve Fund is now actively recruiting a group of young people of color into the Crisis Text Line training program to become crisis counselors on their platform. If you are interested in applying to be a Crisis Counselor, supporting the mental health needs of young people of color, please visit

Become a Crisis Text Line Counselor 

To become a Crisis Counselor volunteer, you must:

  • Pass a background check
  • Have a US Social Security number
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have access to a computer with a secure, reliable internet connection
  • Agree to the CTL  Code of Conduct
  • Commit to volunteering 4 hours a week for 1 year
The Steve Fund would like to acknowledge generous support for its STEVE Crisis Text Line service from the Knight Foundation.