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Statement of The Steve Fund in Response to Recent Gun Violence

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The Steve Fund, with its focus on the mental health and well-being of young people of color, including college students, is very concerned about the recent spate of horrific mass shootings that appear to have targeted communities of color.  The gun violence perpetrated by a lone shooter in El Paso, Texas, is being regarded as a hate crime directed at members of the Latinx population resulting in a staggering loss of life.  We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the people who were killed in El Paso and Dayton. Tragedies like these have a devastating effect, not only on the families and friends of the victims, but also on people of good conscience across the nation who are shocked by the hatred and violent aggression unleashed on innocent people.

In the wake of these tragedies, fear, stress, anxiety, poor sleep, irritability, and difficulty concentrating are understandable reactions to this type of violent event.  If these experiences continue over time or interfere with your relationships or functioning at school or work, consult with your primary care provider.  It is important to keep in mind helpful approaches to coping with associated stress.  Stay connected with friends, family, and neighbors who can provide social support to help people deal with and recover from stressful circumstances. If being in public alone causes stress, it is a good idea to be with other people until the stress subsides. Minimize repeated exposure to television news and social media that present graphic images of the tragedy. Checking in with others who may be affected by the tragedy and reaching out to connect with them can be mutually beneficial.

Resources on helpful tips for coping with stress following these situations can be found on the following sites:  National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Catastrophic Violence Resources,  and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.

Additional support can be obtained by texting STEVE to 741741 to be connected to trained crisis counselor.

The Steve Fund Receives Grant From Newman’s Own Foundation

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NEW YORK, NY — The Steve Fund has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to The Steve Fund was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to the empowerment of individuals.

With minorities forming the majority of Americans by 2044 (and for children already by 2020), the future success of our nation will depend on the mental health and emotional well-being of all student populations, and on colleges and universities to provide support appropriately.

The Steve Fund partners with colleges, universities and nonprofits institutions on practical strategies led by multicultural mental health research and practice experts that promote mental health and emotional well-being, reduce stigma around mental illness, and increase access to programs and services for diverse students.

Newman’s Own Foundation uses all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products for charitable purposes. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over $500 million to thousands of charities around the world.

Learn more about the Fund at www.stevefund.org and about its programs and services at www.stevefund.org/programs.

Article: The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports Anuja Khemka’s appointment as Executive Director

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Former Corporate Philanthropy Player Will Lead the Steve Fund

NEWS AND ANALYSIS
FEBRUARY 16, 2018 

MJ Prest

Anuja Khemka, a nonprofit consultant and senior strategy and programs adviser at this charity, which is dedicated to improving the mental well-being of minority students, has been elevated to executive director.

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