Providence-based mental health group receives $100m grant to expand services to young people of color – The Boston Globe

PROVIDENCE — The Steve Fund, a nonprofit focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, announced it had received $100 million in funding through a new partnership with Sony Corporation of America.
The funding will be spread over the course of three years, and will be used to dramatically expand the fund’s digital technology and to scale the fund’s services to students, families, and professionals across the country.
The donation comes from Sony’s Global Social Justice Fund, which wasestablished in June 2020. A spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.
In 2019, The Steve Fund received about $1.6 million in grants and contributions, according to its 990 tax form.
“Impacting millions more people is possible, but it requires new and diverse modes of outreach that harness the power of technology,” Evan Rose, the cofounder and president of The Steve Fund, said on Tuesday. He said with Sony’s grant, the Steve Fund will undertake a large-scale, organizational digital transformation that will allow users to experience their programming virtually.
The fund already works with colleges and universities, nonprofits, and corporations, but the new programs will focus on education and training for students, families, faculty, and mental health professionals through education workshops, building out community conversations, and well-being webinars.
The grant also will help the fund work with other institutions of higher education, high schools, family and community centers, businesses, and other organizations that are looking to strengthen their mental health and well-being support services.
Alexa Gagosz can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @alexagagosz.
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