Earlier this summer, Active Minds requested funding to pay for Kevin Briggs’ honorarium and travel fees from Pitt’s Student Government Board (SGB). As of Tuesday night, they granted us the requested $8,745.86 in full! This means that we will be able to bring our #1 speaker pick, Briggs, to campus this Fall!!
What this means for our EngagePitt Campaign:
As of now, our campaign will focus on raising enough additional funding to add a $1,000 workshop with Briggs as the $8,745.86 only covers his speaker presentation, lodging, and ground transportation. This Active Listening Skills Workshop is offered as a stand-alone program or as an additional focus-group extension to the “Listening to Understand” keynote given by Briggs. It allows small groups to learn and practice the proper use of active listening skills and to discuss how to break the stigma related to mental illness.
Any funds raised over the amount needed to pay for Briggs’ workshop will go towards sending our three officers to the Active Minds National Conference in November, bringing speaker and spoken word poet, Neil Hilborn, to campus in the spring, and general club expenses.
Thank you so much to the people who have already given and to our friends and family for supporting us through all our endeavors. Thank you also to SGB for funding our efforts and helping us spread awareness and fighting the stigma!