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The Steve Fund featured President Marvin Krislov in "President Krislov Appointed to the Steve Fund"

06/08/2020

The Steve Fund featured President Marvin Krislov in "President Krislov Appointed to the Steve Fund"

The Steve Fund, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to promoting the mental health of young people of color, has formed a multi-sector task force of thought leaders to develop recommendations for mitigating the mental health risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Steve Fund COVID-19 Task Force plans to outline ways that higher education, along with a range of stake-holders including nonprofit organizations, mental health experts, students, philanthropy, the private sector and policymakers can and should step up to help students of color. The task force will release their recommendations in late summer.

Anxiety and depression among students has increased significantly in recent months. Recent surveys have found that 80% of students are having difficulties concentrating and nearly half are experiencing financial difficulties. Experts say that there is a direct connection between wellness and academic success.

“There are two crises plaguing America right now – coronavirus and racial injustice – and both are adding a perilous layer of stress and distress, especially for young people of color,”  said Sandra Timmons, Interim Executive Director at The Steve Fund. “Young people of color already face unique challenges as they navigate the path from adolescence to adulthood. The escalation and layering of despair and adverse social determinants present profound risks to their mental health and emotional well-being.  Unaddressed, these risks threaten every dimension of their safe transition to a healthy and productive adulthood and the attainment of even modest health, education, social and economic outcomes. Fostering resilience among young people of color caught in this current quagmire of the COVID-19 pandemic, associated devastation, and racial trauma warrants deliberate and intentional investments and support services across sectors that remove young people of color from harm’s way.” 

The Steve Fund COVID-19 Task Force includes the following participants:

Marvin Krislov, President, PACE University

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