speak out: race, dei
& mental health

Elevating Youth Development: a series of discussions about the impact of race and DEI on mental health across the nonprofit sector

Funders Speak Out

The Impact of Race and DEI on Mental Health
Funders Speak Out convenes youth development funders from across the country to provide honest insights on supporting out-of-school programs and policies that center the well-being of young people, youth workers, and the organizations they represent.

Hosted by Youth INC and Hello Insight, this fourth community forum in a compelling series, Elevating Youth Development, creates a platform for powerful conversations on navigating the intersectionality of race, DEI, and mental health and its impact on youth, organizations, and the community.

Funders Speak Out features: Roderick Jenkins, The New York Community Trust; Pamela Lawrence, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Albert Maldonado, The California Endowment, Jackie Murphy, The Collins Foundation; and Jenny Negron, The Pinkerton Foundation.
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Mental Health is Health

Lifting Mental Health Converstaions from Awareness to Action

On Mental Health Action Day, Youth INC proudly stood alongside 1,600 other companies, brands, nonprofits, and cultural leaders globally, to drive calls to action to address the surge of loneliness and isolation felt by young people resulting from the pandemic. 

To kick-off this important initiative we were joined by Erika Soto Lamb, MTV Entertainment Group, Lisa Killingsworth, Read Alliance, and our nonprofit partners LaFrae Sci, Willie Mae Rock Camp and Karim Couser, Youth Action YouthBuild, for the Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony.

The ringing of Nasdaq Opening Bell launched Youth INC’s Speak Out: Mental Health Is Health campaign aimed at destigmatizing mental health among young people and driving change through storytelling, mental health awareness, and access to resources. Our goal is to engage youth, youth workers, and the broader community across our platforms with content and activations that demonstrate everyone has the power to take action on mental health.

Mental Health is Health

On Mental Health Action Day, Youth INC proudly stood alongside 1,600 other companies, brands, nonprofits, and cultural leaders globally, to drive calls to action to address the surge of loneliness and isolation felt by young people resulting from the pandemic. 

To kick-off this important initiative we were joined by Erika Soto Lamb, MTV Entertainment Group, Lisa Killingsworth, Read Alliance, and our nonprofit partners LaFrae Sci, Willie Mae Rock Camp and Karim Couser, Youth Action YouthBuild, for the Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony.

The ringing of Nasdaq Opening Bell launched Youth INC’s Speak Out: Mental Health Is Health campaign aimed at destigmatizing mental health among young people and driving change through storytelling, mental health awareness, and access to resources. Our goal is to engage youth, youth workers, and the broader community across our platforms with content and activations that demonstrate everyone has the power to take action on mental health.

Youth Speak Out

The Impact of Race and DEI on Mental Health
Youth Speak Out is the first in a series of community forums hosted by Youth INC and Hello Insight entitled Elevating Youth Development: A Series of Discussions about the Impact of Race and DEI on Mental Health Across the Nonprofit Sector.

Youth speakers, Jimmie Casamajor, Read Alliance, Alana Taylor, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Esther Valet, Opening Act, and Ebony Woods, National Academy Foundation, shared their experiences of stress, isolation, and depression throughout the pandemic and the ongoing racial tensions in the country. They also told inspiring stories of youth workers who took time to check in with them and support their emotional well-being.
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"We want to make sure that mental health is seen as something that is as important as physical health, and facilitating those conversations."

Alana Taylor, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy


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Youth Workers Speak Out

The Impact of Race and DEI on Mental Health
Youth Workers Speak Out featured frontline staff, Makeda Abraham, Opening Act, Caleb Alcime, Guitars Over Guns, Lisa Killingsworth, Read Alliance, Ana Meza, ROSE Community Development, and Jeremiah Thompson, Opening Act, shared their experiences working in the nonprofit sector throughout the pandemic and shared stories of the delicate balance between taking care of their own social and emotional well-being while supporting that of young program participants.
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FUEL SERIES WORKSHOPS
Black, Latinx, and Asian American and Pacific Islander New Yorkers are less likely to be connected to mental healthcare than White New Yorkers. Among youth with mental health needs, males are less likely to be connected to mental health across all races and ethnicities.

NYC Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health
R-SQUARED PEER GROUPS
73,000 New York City public high school students report feeling sad or hopeless each month. Persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness is a common predictor of depressive illness.

NYC Thrive
BOARD ENGAGEMENTS
The consequences of failing to address adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.

World Health Organization

EXECUTIVE LEADERS SPEAK OUT

The Impact of Race and DEI on Mental Health
Executive Leaders Speak Out, the third community forum in a galvanic series, convened Michael DeVaul, YMCA of the USA, Susan Natacha Gonzalez, Fresh Youth Initiatives, Priya Mohabir, New York Hall of Science, La Frae Sci, Willie Mae Rock Camp, Kelli Stewart, L.E.A.D Center for Youth and Joshua Todd, Camp Fire Columbia for a powerful conversation on navigating the intersectionality of race, DEI, and mental health and its impact on youth, staff, organizations, and the community.  
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