As my guest today on The Optimistic Advocate podcast, I am so excited to have Solomé Tibebu, Director of the Upswing Fund. Solome is leading an effort to provide timely resources to organizations that focus on the mental health and well-being supports to adolescents of color and / or LGBTQ+ in the United States—populations that face urgent needs during the pandemic but too often lack access to the care they need. Funding for the effort comes from Pivotal Ventures, a personal investment and incubation company founded and led by Melinda Gates.
In this episode, not only will you learn about the incredible funding opportunity available to mental health providers who focus on adolescents of color and LGBTQ youth, but you will also learn about the amazing Solomé Tibebu, who leads the effort.
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Pivotal Ventures is an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates to advance social progress in the United States. We believe that removing the barriers that hold people back improves life for all.
Expanding mental healthcare in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is a collaborative fund that provides timely resources to organizations that focus on the mental health and well-being of adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ in the United States—populations that face urgent needs during the pandemic but too often lack access to the care they need.
The Upswing Fund is currently accepting applications for two types of grants. Applicants may apply to one type of grant only. Learn more and apply!
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Anxiety In Teens is made up of passionate individuals across the country, motivated by supporting the next generation of mental health advocates and leaders.
Solomé Tibebu founded Anxiety In Teens, a mental health help site for youth, as an anxious 16-year-old in 2006. Since then, Tibebu has grown the organization to reach isolated youth with anxiety, inform and educate affected teens and their friends and families, as well as inspire recovery and awareness. She is also the founder of Cognific, a software-as-a-service that facilitates mental-health homework computer games for youth patients and an analytics platform for psychotherapists.
Founded in 2011, Cognific LLC is a woman-owned, minority-owned consulting firm focused on advancing healthcare innovation and access by strengthening healthcare and human service organizations, foundations, health plans, funds, employers and technology vendors.
Join digital health VC Solomé Tibebu and veteran behavioral health and human service executive Steve Ramsland as they highlight the latest in behavioral health and digital technology.