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UNCF, Steve Fund partner to host Mental Well-Being

Washington DC, Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and The Steve Fund proudly host Unapologetically Whole: Living You Best Mental Health Life, a conference for historically Black college and university students ( HBCU) that promotes mental well-being. The event is sponsored by Peloton as part of its partnership with The Steve Fund and Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky Initiative which provides resources for youth, families, educators and caregivers to promote the emotional well-being of youth.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial tensions across the United States have heightened the urgency to increase the reach and impact of mental health programs in HBCUs and predominantly black institutions (PBIs) . This event is one of the initiatives stemming from the partnership of UNCF and The Steve Fund which began in 2021. Through its partnership with The Steve Fund, UNCF intends to launch its new mental health initiative with strategies, content, programs, resources and events all designed to build knowledge and build a community of action around the mental health and emotional well-being of students, faculty and staff on HBCU campuses and PBI.

The event, taking place January 26-27, will be an interactive program combining knowledge sharing and conversations about critical issues impacting HBCU students and the communities they are connected to. The workshops will be led by experts from HBCU and the mental health communities.

To learn more about Unapologetically Whole: Living You Best Mental Health Life, please follow the link.

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About UNCF

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the largest and most effective minority education organization in the country. To serve youth, the community, and the nation, UNCF supports student education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance minority education and college preparation. Institutions at UNCF and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American bachelor’s degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarships, internships and fellowships, mentoring, summer enrichment, and faculty training and development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo represents the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized brand, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

About the Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is the leading national organization focused on promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of youth of color. The Steve Fund partners with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, mental health experts, employers, and young people of color and their families to provide programs, services, technical assistance, and tools. building knowledge and skills for young people of color and those who support and educate them. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn

About Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California launched BlueSky to provide resources for youth, families, educators and caregivers to promote the emotional well-being of young people. BlueSky works with the California Department of Education (CDE) and nonprofit organizations to improve educational and health outcomes for young people by ensuring access to culturally diverse and appropriate mental health resources. The initiative supports the mental health of California’s youth by providing access to mental health specialists in middle and high schools, training educators to recognize signs of distress, giving students mental health support resources by person and online and helping to equip the next generation with various mental disorders. and behavioral health professionals and leaders.