Today, Zoom Cares, the social impact arm of Zoom Video Communications, Inc, announced $165,000 of funding to a collection of 30 mental health leaders (link to recipient bios) advocating for the health of young people at MTV Entertainment’s (MTVE) first-ever Mental Health Youth Action Forum. The forum in Washington, D.C., launched in coordination with the Biden-Harris Administration and 18 leading mental health nonprofits, was created to move society from awareness to action on mental health through storytelling and media.
“Elevating and resourcing young leaders who know first hand what their communities need to thrive is critical now more than ever before,” said Roxana Shirkhoda, Head of Social Impact at Zoom. “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide these 30 Mental Health Youth Action Forum advocates with funds. We look forward to the accessible and culturally relevant resources these leaders will continue developing for marginalized young people – including BIPOC, low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ+ communities.”
Zoom, along with more than a dozen media and technology companies, participated in MTV Entertainment’s first-ever Mental Health Youth Action Forum to amplify action-driven ideas developed and presented by the Forum’s 30 young mental health leaders.
Zoom recognizes the responsibility as a global company to move resources and make a positive impact where it is most needed. Through a community-centered grantmaking approach, Zoom Cares provided more than $16.5 million in global grant funding and in-kind product donations in 2021. Some highlights include:
- Partnering with Taraji P. Henson, founder of Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, to raise $550,000 for BIPOC communities facing mental health challenges
- Turning to an advisory council of members with lived experience and career knowledge in addressing mental health challenges to advise Zoom Cares on moving $2 million to organizations that support the well-being of young people
- Supporting global communities with an additional $500,000 in support to mental health communities in Brazil and Japan focused on serving youth and communities of color