Roots2Rivers Foundation


Bridging the Minority Mental Health Gap with Community-Based Programs

Minority youth are disproportionately impacted by mental health challenges like depression and trauma yet face greater barriers to accessing care. Our nonprofit is helping close this gap…

Through our network of licensed counselors of color, we provide free therapy in safe community spaces like schools, churches, and recreation centers. Removing financial and cultural stigma barriers increases utilization.

Counselors integrate evidence-based approaches with practices like mindfulness tailored for each youth’s cultural background. We also run support groups bringing peers together for additional connection.

By meeting youth where they are, both literally and figuratively, our programs bridge gaps in access and understanding. Students report feeling genuinely heard and seen by counselors who respect their lived experiences.

Improved mental wellness equips minority youth with emotional tools to keep striving despite hardships. It also strengthens communities when their youth feel empowered. We are committed to sustaining this critical support nationwide.