Our Proprietary Pillars of Impact
MWA’s Teach pillar focuses on expanding awareness of Black mental health issues, dismantling the accompanying stigma, and increasing resources for Black mental wellness. Initiatives under this pillar include advocating for the implementation of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health Literacy (MHL) in public K-12 schools nationwide, as well as supporting and helping to shape congressional legislation such as the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act (HR 1475). MWA will build out its advocacy platform to create a groundswell of popular support for these important initiatives with real potential to generate systemic change.
Under its Train pillar, MWA will dramatically increase the number of Black mental health professionals by providing culturally competent training, as well as unprecedented financial support. MWA is actively setting up scholarship programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Once operational, these MWA-HBCU partnerships will offer $10,000 – $15,000 scholarships to Black students pursuing Master’s degrees in mental health-related fields, including psychology, family therapy, counseling, and clinical social work. We will increase the number of Black mental health professionals from 4% to 14% to mirror the proportion of Black people in the U.S. population.
Treat for MWA is centered around providing free mental health services for Black people, by Black people. Recognizing the challenges of not only finding but affording quality, culturally attuned mental health care, MWA will provide over 10,000 hours of free care to individuals via a network of vetted Black mental health practitioners. In doing so, MWA will fulfill the dual mission of empowering both the recipient and provider. In addition to these free therapy sessions, MWA will award grants to community-based clinics and other organizations already doing great work to further the cause of Black mental wellness.