Melinda French Gates supports mental health through Pivotal Ventures


Alliance magazine


California-based YR media, a national network of young journalists and artists, has received funding from Melinda French Gates’ Pivotal Ventures to expand its mental health programming into the Midwest of America.

The grant will allow YR Media to expand to a physical location in Chicago and provide more resources to its growing network of students.

This grant follows the success of a prior Pivotal Ventures investment in YR Media’s Beyond Self-Care editorial and social storytelling effort, which culminated in a multi-day series in the spring of 2021. The content from the summit helped provide young writers, producers and artists with the tools to report on mental health and well-being stories while caring for their own.

YR Media will use the new grant to continue its mental wellness editorial coverage and provide students and youth content creators with on-site and virtual support. This includes access to therapists, case management, academic advising and healthy food at YR Media’s headquarters and its soon-to-be developed physical site for the virtual Midwest hub.

These resources aim to address social and emotional needs of students and young content creators, especially those from underrepresented and historically excluded communities, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+.

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