Mental health among young people has become a national priority due to relational stressors and societal changes. Depression among adolescents in the U.S. has increased by 41% between 2006 and 2014 and it is expected to be one of the leading contributors to premature death. Anxiety and depression have been identified to spike during life transitions such as graduating from high school, going to college, or entering the workforce.
Students of color in particular experience circumstances, such as racial/ethnic discrimination, disparities in mental health services, and marginalization that uniquely negatively contributes to their mental health and well-being and impedes both academic performance and college satisfaction.
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 virtual and in-person programming grounded in research and best practices designed to address the mental health and wellbeing of young people of color and ensure they have an equal opportunity to thrive in their academic and career pursuits. Sessions have been designed and are led by mental health research and practice experts with multidisciplinary and diverse backgrounds.
COVID-19 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SERIES
In response to COVID-19, we have developed a free webinar series providing resources for students, their families, faculty and administrators, and mental health providers. Visit our Community Conversations series to register for an upcoming webinar.
WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS
Student workshops are designed to equip high school and college students of color with the knowledge and skills to maintain a positive mental health and wellbeing throughout their life transitions and their academic pursuits. Each workshop is available virtually, pre-recorded or in person.
The Steve Fund partners with nonprofits, community organizations, and higher education institutions to offer professional development for staff, instructors, providers, advocates, or those that wish to increase their awareness and gain skills to support the mental health and wellbeing of students of color. Participants will have an opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with a community of professionals who are committed to equity in mental health. Training is available virtually, pre-recorded, or in person.
YOUNG, GIFTED, AND @RISK CONFERENCES
The Steve Fund partners with colleges and universities across the U.S. on regional and national conferences to raise awareness and build capacity among staff, faculty, and providers. The 2019 conferences were held at The University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and The City University of New York.
CONSULTATION & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The Steve Fund partners with colleges, universities, and non-profits as they explore, develop, implement, evolve and scale-up programs and services for the emotional well-being and mental health of students of color. To this end, working with noted multicultural mental health experts, we offer a suite of technical assistance services including support in assessing campus or organizational gaps, implementing evidence-based clinical care services, and supporting human resources administrators to recruit professional staff from diverse backgrounds.