$1 Million Matching Grant to Expand JED’s High School Programming

Jolene McCaw, a director of The Jed Foundation, has pledged $1 million in matching funds to support and expand JED’s high school programming efforts.

Our flagship high school program, Set to Go, helps teens and their families prepare emotionally for the important transition out of high school with helpful information, resources, worksheets and more.

Adolescence is a time of growth, learning, and exploration. Yet, for many of our nation’s teens, transitioning into adulthood can be a time of significant change and intense challenges:

  • 1 in 5 teens struggles with mental health issues
  • 60% of first-year college students wish they had more emotional preparation for college
  • 50% of first-year college students report feeling stressed all or most of the time

The matching grant will enable further dissemination and implementation of Set to Go nationwide and support the next phase of our high school work, which will focus on broader mental health programming in high schools.

The $1 million dollar matching grant from the Jolene McCaw Family Foundation will be unlocked for gifts starting at $10,000 to support JED’s high school programming to protect emotional health and prevent suicide.

Jolene is a Seattle area philanthropist and as a director of JED, she has been involved in a number of our initiatives over the years. We were thrilled to recognize Jolene’s outstanding commitment to our organization and mental health with the JED Voice of Mental Health Award at our Annual Gala on June 4, 2018.

Contact Adee Shepen at info@jedfoundation.org or 212-647-7544 for more information about the grant.


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