Cheers to the ABMF 2020 grant award recipients!
The 20 organizations and individuals receiving ABMF grants are located in 10 states and Washington DC. Their programs support the mental health and mental wellness of African American, Latinx, Asian American, Native American and Indigenous members of our community.
Programming includes supporting students at an HBCU; groups protecting children from trauma related to gun and sexual violence; and groups supporting good mental health for “black mommas.” One group has been operating for 25 years. Another group is two months old with a mission we wanted to support by granting a little seed money. The programs represent services that will be delivered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Most of these groups are now transitioning in-person programming, online. They are providing mental health therapy and wellness programs that touch the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual elements of the human collective. They represent incredibly innovative and diverse ways of making a positive impact in the mental wellness of people in their community.
Grants were awarded in four categories: Ruth's House, Friends of Jelani, Educate, Enlighten and Empower, and Healthy Mind, Healthy Body.In our first 10 months of operations, A Beautiful Mind Foundation's Board of Directors awarded $22,315 in grants. Read about each grantee below.
Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body—$1,200
The mission of A/PI DVRP is to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. ABMF's grant will be used to create two live, online art therapy programs incorporating coloring books specifically designed for their clients, with text printed for clients in English, Chinese, Japanese, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Center for Wellness & Clinical Development: Friends of Jelani—$1,200
Dr. Brittany Peters, LCSW, MCAP will use ABMF's grant to create a 4-week, online support group for young men of color ages 16-25 with the goal of normalizing the reality of minority mental health. The support group will educate participants about mood disorders, discuss how adverse experiences can trigger stress, and teach positive coping skills to cultivate good mental health.
Family Worship Center: Ruth's House—$1,200
Led by Senior Pastor Dr. Duane Mangum and Pastor Michele Mangum, the Family Worship Center is a non-denominational and independent, Christ-centered and Bible-believing ministry. The ABMF award will provide tele-mental health counseling to senior citizens and families of two predominantly African American/Black communities in Waldorf, MD that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Firecracker Foundation: Friends of Jelani—$1,200
The Firecracker Foundation provides free, culturally competent and trauma-informed mental health programming for girls and boys of color who are survivors of sexual trauma. Staff will use the ABMF grant to support the expansion of their online support programming for individual mental health therapy for boys ages 3-17.
Lighthouse of Hope Counseling Center: Friends of Jelani—$1,200
Lighthouse of Hope is a community-based counseling organization that provides a safe place to heal those who struggle with addiction, abuse, anxiety, or mental health issues. The award will be used for the Center’s Sons to Fathers, three-week training course designed for fathers to learn effective skills for healthy family relationships and child development.
Indigenous Circle of Wellness: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body—$1,200
Indigenous Circle of Wellness provides mental wellness services grounded in holistic healing. The ICOW team will use the grant to support their Virtual Wellness Circles for indigenous families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including caretakers, essential workers, and those dealing with job loss, through the virtual sharing of traditional medicines, prayers, songs, and stories to create space to process and heal.
Indigenous Mental Health Awareness Network International: Educate, Enlighten, and Empower—$1,100
The Indigenous Mental Health Awareness Network International is creating programs that are designed to empower communities by teaching various indigenous cultural norms and the benefits of using generations-old wellness practices to improve mental health. The creators of IMHANI will use the grant to support their virtual Kapwa Symposium and Healing Mixer featuring mental health professionals and indigenous holistic healers teaching the importance of interconnectedness, interdependence, and relationship to support good mental health.
Kaleidoscope Youth Center: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body—$1,190
Kaleidoscope Youth Center is the largest and longest-serving organization supporting LGBTQIA+ youth in Ohio. The award will be used to support Queer People of Color, an affinity support group that uses virtual programming, leadership development, community building, and outreach for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults of color.
Mending the HART Inc.: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body—$375
Incorporated in April 2020, Mending the HART Inc. plans to host their own conference in their first year of operation. The ABMF grant will support their August 2020 mental health art healing programs: “Free Your Mind” and “ARTfirmation Circle.”
Morgan State University Counseling Center: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body—$1,200
The counseling center at Morgan State University, a Historically Black University, provides a range of counseling services that meet the mental health and developmental needs of students. Staff will use the grant to support virtual programming for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NAMI KDK: Educate, Enlighten, and Empower—$1,200
This Illinois affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness serves residents of Kane-South, Dekalb, and Kendall Counties. NAMI KDK will use ABMF's grant to help establish new Spanish-language, mental wellness programming including, “Let’s Talk: Facing the Stigma of Mental Health through Expressive Writing.”
AACT-NOW: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body—$1,200
The New Jersey affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness grant will be used to support good mental health through NAMI New Jersey’s unique initiative, African American Community Together NOW. AACT-NOW's goal is to dispel misconceptions surrounding mental illness and to create an anti-stigma environment for those seeking treatment. It connects African American families affected by mental illness with the faith community and mental health professionals to provide culturally competent education, support,and advocacy.
Port Ministries: Educate, Enlighten, and Empower—$1,200
Port Ministries works to provide the fundamental needs of the mind, body, and spirit through a series of programs and services that holistically work together to improve overall mental wellness. They will use ABMF's grant to provide the first ever, completely free Spanish-language Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program. DBT is a proven therapy for people living with personality and mood disorders.
Reach for Youth: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body—$1,200
Reach For Youth’s mental health and positive youth development services identify the root causes of youths’ behavioral or emotional difficulties due to disruptions in family relationships, school absences, disruptive classroom behavior, mood difficulties, substance abuse, violence, and criminal activity. We provide youth and parents with the necessary resources to overcome these difficulties and get back on track for academic and personal success. They will use ABMF's award to increase access to mental health counseling services for economically disadvantaged families impacted by COVID-19.
Real Talk: Educate, Enlighten, and Empower—$1,200
The Real Talk mobile app is an innovative tool that crowdsources stories from teens on topics like identity, bullying, and mental health. All stories are reviewed by public health professionals and paired with high quality online resources before being published to the app. The founders of Real talk will use the ABMF grant to support their work to scale up the app and deliver more targeted support for the users.
Real Talk Session Series: Educate, Enlighten, and Empower—$600
The Real Talk Session Series is an easy to digest, culturally-sensitive "edutainment" content and resource platform that addresses the experiences and hardships people of color face on a daily basis. In partnership with groups including NAMI New Jersey's AACT-NOW, founder Tarrin Morgan is using his videography skills to conduct lively interviews in order to make a positive impact on education reform, criminal justice reform, and mental health awareness in the Black community.
Selah.Mind.Body.Spirit: Educate, Enlighten, and Empower—$1,200
The purpose of Selah.Mind.Body.Spirit is, as founder Dr. Lyneia Richardson describes it, to bring “Black mamas” back to a place where they feel connected to their mind, body, and spirit as the greatest form of healing. Dr. Richardson will use ABMF's award to support her Mama2Mama virtual workshop series, working to bridge the gap between the arts and sciences as a pathway to healing.
Standup-Speak Out: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body—$1,200
StandUp-SpeakOut exists to support and advocate for youth who have experienced complex trauma as a result of domestic violence and sexual abuse. It provides an innovative therapeutic approach through the integration of expressive arts and a holistic, strength-based resiliency model. The ABMF award will help fund the web-based systems and software the team uses to operate their telehealth services.
The MICHAEL Organization: Educate, Enlighten, and Empower—$1,200
The MICHAEL Organization stands for Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss. The founder is directing the grant funds to support the “Got Grief?” virtual summer program for children in Detroit who are coping with the traumatic loss of a parent or close relative due to violence. This interactive, online program will include recreational activities; individual, trauma-informed therapy sessions; grief support groups; and mental health education.
Trupeace Wellness: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body --- $1,200
Trupeace Wellness is a wellness collective on a mission to shift the mindset of the community to live and love healthier, mindful lifestyles, one day at a time. Trupeace Wellness defines health and wellness as an act of self-Love. Tiffany Mangum, the founder of Truepeace Wellness will use ABMF's award for software and equipment to support her virtual programs and help keep costs low or free for students.