Zoom Announces Funding for Youth Mental Health Leaders at MTV Entertainment’s Mental Health Event… | News

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Zoom Cares, the social impact arm of Zoom Video Communications, Inc, announced $165,000 in funding to a set of 30 mental health leaders (link to recipient biographies) advocating for youth health at the first-ever MTV Entertainment Mental Health Youth Action Forum (MTVE). 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 health mind through storytelling and media.

“It’s more critical than ever to nurture and resource young leaders who know first-hand what their communities need to thrive,” said Roxana Shirkhoda, social impact manager at Zoom. “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide funding to these 30 Mental Health Youth Action Forum Advocates. We look forward to the accessible and culturally relevant resources these leaders will continue to develop for marginalized youth – 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 the action-oriented ideas developed and presented by the 30 young people Forum mental health leaders.

The impact of Zoom

Zoom recognizes the responsibility as a global company to move resources and have a positive impact where it is needed most. Through a community-centric grantmaking approach, Zoom Cares provided more than $16.5 million in global grants and in-kind product donations in 2021. Here are some highlights:

  • Partnered with Taraji P. Henson, Founder of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, to raise $550,000 for BIPOC communities facing mental health issues
  • Turning to an advisory board of members with lived experience and professional knowledge in addressing mental health issues to advise Zoom Cares on transferring $2 million to organizations that support youth wellbeing
  • Supporting global communities with an additional $500,000 to support mental health communities in Brazil and Japan focused on youth and communities of color

To learn more about Zoom Cares and its philanthropic activities, product donations, impact on employees, and more, read Zoom Cares’ annual social impact report.

MTV Mental Health Youth Action Forum

Leveraging its decades of history sparking conversations about mental health, in 2021 MTVE launched Mental Health is Health, a multi-year initiative to address the nation’s growing health crisis by harnessing the power of storytelling to normalize conversations about mental health and inspiring action. As part of the initiative, MTVE, along with 18 leading mental health nonprofits, announced the first convening to empower young people to move the culture from awareness to action on health mind through storytelling and media. Senior officials from the Biden-Harris administration, including the Department of Health and Human Services, spoke at today’s Mental Health Youth Action Forum, which included an event at the White House. For more information on the Forum and the participants, go here.

About Zoom treatments

Zoom Cares, the social impact arm of Zoom, harnesses the full force of its business to foster equity, democratize opportunity, and advance systemic justice. Zoom Cares envisions a fairer society for the people and the planet we all share. For more information, read Zoom Cares’ annual social impact report.

About Zoom

Zoom is for you. We help you express ideas, connect with others, and build a future limited only by your imagination. Our frictionless communication platform is the only one that started with video as its foundation, and we’ve since set the standard for innovation. That’s why we’re an intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for individuals, small businesses, and large enterprises. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and is headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit zoom.com and follow @zoom.

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