To all those who joined us today for the
3rd annual IAM Strong 5k...
Seeing the sun in the sky and the hundreds of supporters and volunteers come out to fight the stigma surrounding teen mental health inspires us to continue our work! Thank you will never begin to cover how we feel...we hope to see you all at our next event!
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We want you!
We are asked all the time by our supporters "How can I help?"
We need volunteers for a variety of different reasons...whether near or far, we can use your help if you are willing!
The best way to connect with us and let us know that you are interested is to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our volunteer coordinator will reach out and let you know how to join our mission!
IAM Strong Foundation
IAM Strong Foundation is honored to partner with our friends at Sisco + Berluti to offer The Isabelle Bracelet collection.
Sales of which will support our mission as we work to shatter the stigma associated with mental health struggles.
You can find these bracelets at Sisco + Berluti
The IAM Strong Foundation
Spring Grant Cycle Opens
February 1, 2017
The grant application form along with all other pertinent information is now available here:
(please note: Adobe Reader is required to fill out the application out on line)
Highlights for this grant cycle are:
Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to: email@example.com
IAM Strong Board of DIrectors with special Guests Native Run
Thank you from the
IAM Strong Foundation!
The IAM Strong Foundation, which seeks to shatter the stigma surrounding teen mental health struggles, was established in January of 2015. Since that time, because of the generosity of so many, the organization has made significant strides in the field of mental health awareness.
This past Fall, the IAM Strong Foundation sponsored singer songwriter Meg Hutchinson and her sister Tess in a free presentation at The Norwood Theatre entitled “How We Got Through: A Conversation Between Sisters.” The program addressed Meg’s journey with Bipolar 1 disorder and her sister’s role on the path to acceptance, healing, and recovery. Two weeks prior to the program, IAM Strong sponsored a free local screening of the Meg Hutchinson documentary “Pack Up Your Sorrows.”
One of the primary goals of the organization is to continue to open up the conversation about adolescent mental health, and the IAM Strong Foundation grant cycles have been an important way to do that. Through the funding of grants, IAM Strong is able to partner with surrounding communities and organizations. The very first grants funded, in the Fall of 2015, included the Thurston Middle School speaker series, “The Science of Growing Up,” which was funded in conjunction with the Foundation for Westwood Education. Another grant, entitled “Building Capacity: PD for the Mental Health Team," funded the attendance of a team of critical staff members from Thurston Middle School at the Mental Health and Education 2015 Conference.
IAM Strong Board of DIrectors at the 2nd Annual 5K in 2016
Last Spring, grants totaling $25,000 were awarded to four individuals and organizations, including the Boston Arts Academy High School, for mental health services for its high school age students, a grant for a local filmmaker’s multi media platform project to explore autism awareness, destigmatization, and services, a grant for the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston for comprehensive assessments for youth at risk, and a grant for the Norwood High School TASC program, to expand opportunities in the culinary arts, art therapy, and additional coping skills for students participating in the Therapeutic, Academic, Supportive Classroom program.
Our Fall 2016 grant cycle funded four more grants, including funding the development of an organizational tool for all freshman at Walpole High School with an emphasis on emotional and mental health and resources, funding mental health workshops for parents and families at the Mary Lyon School in Boston, funding the program “Unguarded: A Conversation with Chris Herren” for Westwood High School, focusing on addiction, sobriety, peer pressure, cutting, and bullying, and a grant for Families for Depression Awareness, to provide funding for the training of 50-100 teens, parents, and school staff to recognize teen depression and understand how to intervene.
In addition to the Fall 2016 grants, the IAM Strong Foundation is honored to be a key sponsor of the 2017 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Partners in Prevention Wellness Summit, Teen Mental Health Summit, and Faces of Addiction Conference.
Coming up for IAM Strong is Messages of Hope at the Westwood Senior Center on February 26th, where people of all ages are invited to come and write inspirational cards and messages to teens undergoing inpatient psychiatric care. Also this Winter, the next grant cycle will open on February 1st, with a deadline of April 1st. The IAM Strong Foundation welcomes applications from all non profit organizations or affiliated individuals who have an idea for a grant in the field of adolescent mental health awareness.
All of our outreach and grant programs help to open up the conversation about adolescent mental health, and to erase the stigma associated with mental health struggles in teens. Without the generous support of the community we could not accomplish our mission, and for that, we offer our sincere gratitude.
On Wednesday, October 26th, 2017, the IAM Strong Foundation was proud to sponsor Meg Hutchinson and Tess Adams at The Norwood Theatre, in a program entitled “How We Got Through: A Conversation Between Sisters about Mental Illness and Recovery. Meg, an award-winning songwriter, poet, and recording artist on Red House Records, was hospitalized and diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder in 2006. In their presentation at The Norwood Theatre, Meg and Tess talked about Meg’s mental illness and diagnosis, and the role that Tess played in supporting Meg toward healing and recovery.
Meg spoke honestly about her journey, beginning with tales of her childhood and continuing into her adult life. She talked openly about her struggles and feelings, sharing what helped her most as she worked toward healing. Tess provided insights as her family support system, and shared what it was like to be with her sister through difficult times and toward recovery. Both Meg and Tess were honest, thoughtful, and sincere in their conversation and comments. After a one hour presentation, they took questions from the audience. The questions were poignant and thoughtful, and ranged from questions about education for young people, to more personal questions about how to handle the ups and downs of living with mental illness. Meg and Tess responded to all questions with kindness, support, and understanding. Those in attendance came from near and far to hear Meg and Tess speak, and the message that was conveyed was ultimately one of great hope. It was a very meaningful night for all, and the IAM Strong Foundation was honored to sponsor this program.
Thank you so much to the many who came out to Messages of Hope, to the Westwood Council on Aging for hosting the event, and to the Westwood Press for joining us. It was an afternoon of kindness and support as all generations came together to create messages for teens struggling with mental illness. No one has to do this alone.
The IAM Strong Foundation is deeply honored to be selected as Let Yourself Trust’s first fundraising project of 2017
Let Yourself Trust is a non-profit that provides funding for, and educates on, a wide variety of projects and justice movements, both at home in the UK and across the globe.
LYT aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives. LYT partners with advocates for change, helping to provide a choice and a chance.
The organization was founded by singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph, combining his musical career and his years of humanitarian work. He is a force for good and Let Yourself pulls together the threads of this humanitarian work into a Trust, to help those in need through music. Eyes for the hidden, a voice for the unheard.
We hope you will visit the Let Yourself Trust website to learn more about the phenomenal work this organization is doing: http://letyourself.net .
Click here for details on an upcoming performance by Martyn Joseph on Friday April 7th at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA, with proceeds to benefit the IAM Strong Foundation.
IAM Strong 5k 2017 Photos
The Isabelle Collection
Spring Grant cycle closes April 1, 2017!
IAM Strong Foundation gives thanks for all of your support
Meg Hutchinson and Tess Adams share their story...
200+ attend Messages of Hope in Westwood!
Let Yourself Trust provides funding for the IAM Strong Foundation
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