September 30, 2010

JKBF Provides Support for Active Minds and Extreme Sports Camp in 2010


The Foundation will provide a grant of $10,000 to Active Minds.  This grant will support the development of an Interactive Program Bank, support one Chapter Coordinator Sustainability trip and provide scholarships for the organization’s annual conference.  The Active Minds Interactive Program Bank is an online resource where college chapters from across the country can share best practices with each other.  This functionality will revolutionize the way the chapters operate and allow them to learn from each other in order to strengthen and sustain their effectiveness on campus.


  • Sustainability trip to Chicago, Illinois conducted in spring 2011. Becky Gordon, the Regional Chapter Manager for the Midwest, visited eight schools. Of those eight schools, five had existing Active Minds chapters and three did not. As of April 2011, four of those existing chapters were rated with 5 stars on a 5-star scale, the highest rating a chapter can receive, supporting the notion that Becky’s in-person outreach to the chapter was effective and useful.
  • 2010 Active Minds Mental Health on Campus Conference brought together more than 600 college students and staff over a 3-day period in Montclair NJ to network with each other, experts in the field, and leaders within Active Minds. It was the most robust, well-evaluated conference yet.
  • A chapter of Active Minds was launched at Bard College.

A $25,000 grant was awarded to Extreme Sports Camp.  Extreme Sports Camp is a sports camp for youth with autism in Aspen, Colorado. Jamie was a counselor at Extreme Sports Camp for six years.  His brother, Bill, has autism.  This grant will be used for a scholarship fund to support campers who can’t afford tuition.