Meet Grace, Our New Development Manager


fd59d9d5-5cbd-4aef-a507-4d2b2454c370Blog readers, we are excited to introduce to you Grace Foster, the newest member of the Active Minds national staff! Grace has joined us as our Development Manager, working closely with all departments to bring in the revenue needed to keep Active Minds growing and thriving.

As you’ll read in just a moment, she has had a fascinating life and we’re so excited to work with Grace and lucky to have her perspective on the national team!

So Grace. Tell us a little about yourself.

Who am I? I am very passionate about furthering the cause for women and being a champion for women’s issues in society. I am confident in myself, fiercely independent, loud with my opinion, louder with my actions, and will always be an advocate for action and change in how we treat women (and people) in this world.

I have strong faith in God and know that I am here on this Earth to help others, and my life’s goal is to help women who have little or no hope. To help them turn their lives around through education, resources, and, through helping them to allow themselves the power of positive thinking and belief in their potential.

But, I was not always like this. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin near Milwaukee where I was adopted into a then family of 13 children at the age of eight, which grew to 19 children by the time I was in 8th grade. My white, Midwestern-born parents adopted many children of different nationalities, backgrounds and life situations, including many with physical issues and mental health issues, including myself.

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You’re Invited: DC Casino Night 2015



Join us for an evening of fun and games, featuring event emcee Sarah Fraser of The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show on DC’s 107.3! Attendees will enjoy cocktails, finger-foods, casino-style games, a silent auction and great prizes.

What: Active Minds DC Casino Night
When: Saturday, September 12 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: The Loft at 4935, 4935 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 208147 (Map)

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Casino Night NYC: Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Casino_Chips-croppedTomorrow, Active Minds will host its second annual Casino Night in New York City — an awesome fundraiser to help support our life-saving work.

We’re incredibly grateful to our 2015 Casino Night sponsors — together, they have contributed $85,000 to Active Minds. That’s a huge fundraising milestone for us and we couldn’t be more thankful for their dedication to student mental health.

Meet our sponsors and join us in thanking them:


Active Minds is Hiring: Apply for the Office Manager Position Today


imagesActive Minds is seeking a full-time Office Manager & Database Coordinator at our headquarters in Washington, DC. Are you a superbly organized, technologically savvy individual? Interested in joining a dedicated and passionate team? Committed to fighting the stigma surrounding mental health? Apply today!

Here’s the full job description:

Reporting to the Executive Director, this position provides support to all facets of the non-profit organization and its network of more than 400 student-led chapters on high school, college and university campuses across the country. The Office Manager and Database Coordinator works closely with all departments at Active Minds and profoundly impacts all aspects of our operations.

Primary responsibilities:

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Meet Our New Staff Member, Emily!


emilyActive Minds is incredibly lucky to have welcomed Emily Armstrong to the team recently as our new Administrative Assistant. In that role, Emily will be assisting both the Chapters Team and the Speakers Bureau — so, you know, she’s got a pretty important job. We sat down with Emily to learn more about her (sneak peek: she’s basically a younger version of Leslie Knope).

So, Emily. Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, let’s see. I’m the youngest in a family of 3 girls, and 2 female cats… my poor dad. I’m a huge fan of being outside and enjoying nature and will often make overly enthusiastic comments, sometimes including some sort of excited jumping, about how much I love the outdoors and flowers and fresh air and the sky. It can be alarming if you don’t know me, but that’s the purpose of this blog post, right? Let’s see, other important things. I have a really keen sense of smell and an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.

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Meet Mimi, Our New Send Silence Packing Road Staffer

35014_4955083119225_2087356715_nHello from the newest member of the Active Minds team! I always find myself stuck on ”tell me a bit about yourself”, so let me start with a few facts.
Age: 24. Hometown: Ithaca, New York. Pronouns: She/Her. Horoscope: Aries.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Franklin University, Switzerland, where we spoke English and the occasional Italian, traveled the continent, and, yes, consumed a good amount of Swiss cheese.

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Active Minds’ Newest Staff Member: Lee Duffy-Ledbetter


Lee (far left) and his fellow road staffer Gaby accept a backpack submission to Send Silence Packing during last fall’s stop at George Mason University.

Active Minds has officially welcomed Lee Duffy-Ledbetter to the staff roster as our Send Silence Packing coordinator. Some of you might remember Lee from last fall’s SSP tour — he was one of two road staffers to take our traveling suicide prevention exhibit down south.

Now Lee is back in a new position. He will coordinate and plan all of the SSP tours, as well as actually staff the exhibit while it’s on the road.

We asked Lee a few fun questions to know him a little better:

So, Lee. Tell us a little about yourself.

Let’s see…. Well my name is Lee, and I’m a Libra. Kidding. Well, I’m not kidding about being a Libra, but I am kidding about wanting that to be the first thing that you learn about me. Or maybe I’m not? I don’t know. How about this, I am the 2nd boy of three, and that pretty much sums up the first 24 years of my life. My hobbies include “playing Switzerland” during all familial conflicts, appeasing anyone and everyone, and also sports. I really do love me a good game of sport.

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5 Best Moments of My First Year at Active Minds


Me and Communications Intern Laura Porter at the 2014 National Mental Health on Campus Conference.

Tomorrow is a big day for me, friends. Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of my employment at Active Minds, the glorious organization we all know and love.

It’s been a really good year for me, personally speaking. I got engaged, I became an aunt, I moved to an awesome apartment. But one of the best things to happen to me in the last year — and, arguably, in my life — was joining the Active Minds staff.

In honor of my Yay-I-Made-It-A-Whole-365-Days day, here’s a look back at the top five greatest moments of my first year as the Active Minds communications coordinator.

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