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Melanin Minds Matter: Mental Health Program

Melanin Minds Matter is non-profit organization designed to provide a school-based mental health and wellness program for girls of color.

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Campaign Ends on December 31, 2021

Project Description

Melanin Minds Matter is a school-based mental health and wellness program based in Houston, Tx. Our mission is to improve the self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-awareness of young girls of color in preparation for a fulfilling adulthood.

Here’s the problem: Black and brown girls are less likely to receive mental health resources in their communities due to persistent stigma, lack of resources, decrease accessibility, racism and discrimination. Statistics show that minorities have an increased risk of unmet mental health needs, resulting in a larger loss of their global health and productivity as compared to their white counterparts. So what happens to those individuals who are unable to receive the mental health services they need?

1. Decrease in academic success

2. Decrease in interpersonal skills and relationship building

3. Poor ability to identify mental health concerns and utilize healthy coping skills 

 

Melanin Minds Matter solves this problem by providing a holistic solution that:

1. Provides a mental health and wellness program integrated within the school system to address mental health concerns that may impact academic success

2. Provides education on appropriate and healthy communication for improved peer-to-peer relationships and that with staff/teachers/guardians

3. Provides education on various mental health illnesses and topics to decrease stigma and foster empowerment. In addition, we provide healthy coping skills, interventions and resources to fully support participants 

Melanin Minds Matter is for school-aged, black and brown girls as they are typically underserved. We tailor our program for elementary to high-school students. The Melanin Minds Matter team is uniquely qualified. We are made up of an occupational therapist, licensed professional counselor, licensed psychologist, social worker and social justice advocate. We are all black women who understand the importance of mental health in our community and how it impacts an individual’s personal, academic and professional life. We have a passion for assisting girls in creating a more self-aware and empowered life. 

Although there is a desperate need for our services, unfortunately, many of our prospect participants attend schools that do not have the budget to support our program. This is why we are seeking $5,595 to launch our program into three schools for up to 20 participants each. All funding will go towards program materials, merchandise and support of the facilitators.

We have some really cool, fun rewards for you to take part in on our campaign page below! We are offering Melanin Mind Matter merchandise and personalized appreciation gifts. Thank you so much for your support in helping Melanin Minds Matter grown into a successful non-profit that promotes mentally healthy girls in the Houston and surrounding area!

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What areas in Houston do you serve?: We currently serve south and central Houston however, plan to expand out further. 

2. How long has Melanin Minds Matter existed?: Our organization was initiated in November of 2018 however we officially received our 501(c)(3) status in December of 2019

3. Is the organization accepting volunteers?: We are always looking for volunteers! Send us an email at info@melaninmindsmatter.org or check out our website at www.melaninmindsmatter.org for more information. 

 

09/08/2020
Monetary Contribution
$30
Elaine Alonzo
08/14/2020
Personalized letter + reward 1-3
$222
Sabrina
07/28/2020
Social media shout out
$25
Shade Ojo
07/08/2020
Wristband + reward one
$50
07/06/2020
Monetary Contribution
$200
Monetary Contribution

Receive a shout out on our social media pages!

We will thank you on our social media page by providing a graphic that showcase you as an individual or your personal business/brand!

2 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Social media shout out

We will thank you via our social media using a personal graphic of you or your brand/business!

1 Supporter
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50.00 USD
Wristband + reward one

In addition to reward one, we will send you a Melanin Minds Matter wristband that you can rock anywhere!

1 Supporter
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75.00 USD
Logo t-shirt + reward 1&2

In addition to reward 1&2, we will provide you with our 100% cotton logo t-shirt that you can rock with pride!

0 Supporters
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100.00 USD
Personalized letter + reward 1-3

In addition to rewards 1-3, you will receive a handwritten letter from the founder of Melanin Minds Matter to show our appreciation. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward

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Houston, TX
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Receive a shout out on our social media pages!

We will thank you on our social media page by providing a graphic that showcase you as an individual or your personal business/brand!

2 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Social media shout out

We will thank you via our social media using a personal graphic of you or your brand/business!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Wristband + reward one

In addition to reward one, we will send you a Melanin Minds Matter wristband that you can rock anywhere!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Logo t-shirt + reward 1&2

In addition to reward 1&2, we will provide you with our 100% cotton logo t-shirt that you can rock with pride!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Personalized letter + reward 1-3

In addition to rewards 1-3, you will receive a handwritten letter from the founder of Melanin Minds Matter to show our appreciation. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward