Feb 18 2022

Supporting Young People’s Mental Health & Well-being in Out-of-School Time Programs: Out-of-School Time Stakeholder Convening

Grantmakers for Education


February 18, 12:00 pm ET


  • Wellness happens on a continuum & OST plays an important part in supporting young people’s wellness.

  • Organizations need flexible funding to adapt services; philanthropic $ supports innovation.

  • Mental health is part of a whole child approach.

  • Access to mental health services continues to be a challenge for youth & families – CBOs can help young ppl see a professional immediately.

  • Dearth of culturally responsive mental health providers & CBOs are competing for staff with districts.

  • Need to invest in non-traditional mental health providers.

  • Importance of understanding trauma and recognizing behaviors in young ppl related to trauma.

  • Need for self-care of the adults working with youth experiencing trauma.

  • Offer a range of services - short-term counseling (low-moderate symptoms) & formal referral process to partners that are rooted in cultural competence.

  • Peer to peer prevention strategy – mental health advocate training for young people on mental health first aid, self-care, and mental health training.

In this session, we'll hear from two funders that have shifted practice to fund programs that support young people's mental health and well-being and two practitioners who will share strategies on how to embed mental health practices into youth development programming. During the session, you'll also join a small working group to contribute your own ideas and questions for how you as a funder or field leader are supporting this work.


  • Christine Bell, Executive Director, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Dr. Ramona Cox, Director of the Champions Network, Doc Wayne
  • Sierra Fox-Woods, Program Officer, The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health
  • Terry Whitfield, Program Officer, The Skillman Foundation

About the Series

Join the EdFunders Out-of-School Time Impact Group for an ongoing conversation with funders, practitioners and other stakeholders centered on learning about and with the out-of-school time sector, focusing on essential issues in OST now and in the future. Each video call will dive into a specific content area, challenge, and/or opportunity for the field and feature experts in the sector and philanthropy.

Register once for the ongoing series and join as your schedule allows. Already registered? We’ll send you a reminder of your meeting access beforehand.

See video and resources from past calls in the event archive.

Calls are scheduled from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET on the third Friday of each month.


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