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November 2016 eNewsletter

Dear friend,

Welcome to the November edition of the Steve Fund Newsletter. Our goal is to provide brief and regular updates about our activities to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. We welcome your input and thoughts. Please feel free to connect with us at our Web site or via Facebook or Twitter. Thank you so much for your interest, and for your support. 

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The Steve Fund's Annual National Conference will take place November 11, 2016 at Washington University in St. Louis

In partnership with the Brown School and Washington University in St. Louis, the Steve Fund will convene its third annual “Young, Gifted & @Risk” symposium on Friday, November 11 in St. Louis. The conference brings together university scholars, administrators, practitioners, students and community members to build knowledge, promote dialogue, and advance practice in addressing the mental and emotional health needs of young people of color. The expert gathering fills a significant knowledge gap in addressing the needs of young people of color at a critical period in their lives. It brings together essential experts and leaders who all have key roles to play to promote the mental health and emotional well-being of the next generation of students of color. The intent is to generate knowledge that stimulates effective practices. For this reason, the conference is not only important for the Steve Fund and the young people we serve, but for the success of higher education institutions, non-profits, and mental health practitioners working with our population.

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The Steve Fund is seeking its first executive director  
The nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color is seeking its first Executive Director. We are looking for a charismatic, seasoned leader with a deep commitment to promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, along with an understanding of the population- specific/unique challenges that students of color face in receiving support for their mental health and emotional well-being. The Executive Director will effectively articulate The Steve Fund’s vision, mission and values that stimulate investment by funders and engagement of practitioners to increase national awareness and promote/facilitate effective programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance. Additionally, The Executive Director will work in close partnership with best-in-class mental health organizations, youth-serving non-profits, and institutions of higher education engaging leaders from across sectors, college students and mental health colleagues. He/She has a notable reputation and commands respect that activates public awareness and support for addressing the mental health needs of young people of color. The Executive Director will be a person who thrives in a start-up environment.

Please pass on the information to qualified candidates.

To apply or read the full job description, please click here.
Steve Fund works with Tumblr in Mental Health Quilt Project 
The social micro blogging platform Tumblr (550 million monthly users) has chosen the Steve Fund as one of three charitable partner organizations for its Mental Health Quilt project. The quilt is a collaboration between Tumblr and the City of New York. Each patch of this quilt is a creative expression of someone’s relationship with mental illness–their own, or someone they love. Tumblr is building this quilt, both digitally and physically, to reduce the stigma surrounding mental and emotional health and to show the community that they are not alone in what they are experiencing. Each patch represents a creative expression around changing the conversation around mental health and an individual’s relationship with mental illness, whether battling it themselves or helping others with their struggles. For every patch a user submits, Tumblr will donate $1 to one of three different charities who support mental health, up to a total aggregate donation of $20,000. The user submitting the patch will be given an option of choosing which charity – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), The Trevor Project or The Steve Fund – their original panel will benefit. The Steve Fund is thrilled to be Tumblr’s partner in this project.

If you participate in Tumblr’s Mental Health Quilt project, please choose the Steve Fund as your charity. Thank you!

Contribute to or view  the Quilt or read more about it here.
Knight Foundation awards grant to Steve Fund and Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line and the Steve Fund are expanding of a joint effort to support young people of color who suffer from mental health issues with $863,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The investment will help strengthen Crisis Text Line text-messaging support services in communities of color, while increasing data collection and research on the needs of this population. In early 2016, Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 text-based support line for people in crisis, and the Steve Fund, a nonprofit focused on the mental health of students of color, launched a Knight-backed collaboration to better support young people of color in crisis. New funding will help strengthen this partnership, so the organizations can work to increase the number of racially diverse (African American and Latino) teens who use Crisis Text Line through targeted outreach and by customized services.
Steve Fund Senior Medical Advisor Dr. Annelle Primm Receives Award
Steve Fund Senior Medical Advisor Annelle Primm, M.D., MPH, has received the prestigious Alexandra Symonds Award For Outstanding Women Psychiatrists. The Award is given out by the American Psychiatric Association. It was established in 1997 in memory of Alexandra Symonds, MD, an APA Fellow and co-founder of the Association of Women Psychiatrists. The award recognizes and honors a woman psychiatrist who has made significant contributions to promoting women’s health and the advancement of women.

The Steve Fund congratulates Dr. Primm on this outstanding accomplishment.

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About the Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is the nation’s only non-profit organization focused on promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. It works with colleges and universities, students, non-profits, researchers, practitioners, and with groups serving diverse populations. It aims to stimulate dialogue and to promote effective programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance regarding the mental health and emotional well-being of the nation’s students of color as they enter, matriculate in, and transition from higher education. 
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