About The Curriculum

With a special focus on 9th and 10th graders, our curriculum is designed to normalize challenges around mental health and model the presence of emotion as an important dimension of the human experience.

Over the course of 14 weeks, students will:

· Learn to destigmatize emotions often labeled as “negative” by our culture;

· Understand they are not alone in dealing with sadness, anxiety, or another challenging emotion;

· Harness creativity to support the healthy expression of emotions;

· Distinguish between kind, loving thoughts and critical, mean thoughts;

· Begin to cultivate empathy for others;

· Develop self-compassion by cultivating a loving, wise “inner voice;”

· Understand the link between gratitude and well-being;

· Craft a hopeful vision for the future; and more.

OUR STAFF

With a special focus on 9th and 10th graders, our curriculum is designed to normalize challenges around mental health and model the presence of emotion as an important dimension of the human experience.

Regina Miller

Executive Director

Shannon McGauley

Position

Robbin Mangano

Position

Jacqueline Taylor

Cultural Strategist

Jamie Mikelich

Position

Erika Weingarten Cupples

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Sara Hahn

Director of Education

Ellie Foster

Director of Education

Bryanna Morelli Daniel

Teaching Artist

Cathyana Marcel

Teaching Artist

Emily Ratner

Youth Advisory Council

Reed Kaufman

Youth Advisory Council

For the professional bios of our curriculum faculty, click here.

Scientific Advisors to Kevin Love Fund:

· Dr. Gowri Aragam, Stanford
· Dr. Neha Chaudhary, Stanford
· Dr. Michelle Craske, UCLA
· Dr. Lauren Ng, UCLA
· Dr. Nina Vasan, Stanford

TESTIMONIALS

When I first came to the program, I had been pretty closed off in terms of my expression of emotion. Through the interactive, informative, and fun way of learning about and reflecting upon my mental health, this curriculum opened my eyes to a new way to deal with everyday emotions.

– Student from New York

The program was a very meaningful experience. As we worked through activities and shared about things like stress, anxiety, and mental health, we learned and developed strategies to help connect with ourselves and others. It was comforting to hear you are not alone and feel heard and understood. It was so nice to be in an environment where I felt safe and comfortable to share my struggles, opinions, and ideas. I am so grateful for learning new tactics that support me through any anxiety or stress that comes my way.

 

– Student from Los Angeles

This curriculum was something I felt was very timely and vital for our students in the context of the pandemic, racial injustice in our country, and mental illness being on the rise. It provided an opportunity and space where students were able to be heard and express themselves emotionally. This can be life altering. Students were also able to witness adult leaders being vulnerable and were encouraged to do the same. Our students expressed feeling safe and feeling like the experience was a breath of fresh air and weight off of their shoulders.

– Educator from Miami

I’m grateful that we had this exercise because I’ve been wanting to write out my thoughts and feelings for a while, but didn’t have the strength and willpower to do it.

– Student, Brooklyn School for Social Justice

It is truly beneficial, especially for our young men who have a harder time expressing themselves but need to, just as much as our young women do.

– Teacher, John Adams High School, Los Angeles

I’m grateful for this experience because it’s hard for me to express a lot of things, and having this sentence starter helped to get everything out.

– Maplewood High School, Nashville

PARTNERS

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We are currently in the midst of the 2021-2022 pilot year. We will launch nationwide in the fall of 2022.


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OUR STAFF: BIOS

DIRECTORS OF EDUCATION, KEVIN LOVE FUND

Sara Hahn

Director of Education

Sara Hahn holds a M.A. in education from Pepperdine University and is currently completing her second master’s degree in human development counseling from Vanderbilt University. After teaching in both public and private schools in Los Angeles, Sara witnessed the disparity in education across her student population first hand, and was inspired to create a program that would provide comprehensive support to students from underserved communities. Sara co-founded the education non-profit Determined to Succeed with actor and activist Hank Azaria. Sara and Hank worked together for over a decade to support students academically, emotionally and financially through middle school, high school and college.

Ellie Foster

Director of Education

Ellie Foster, PhD is an advocate for centering creativity, social justice, and emotional expression in the way schools approach social-emotional learning and trauma-sensitive practices. Ellie has supported this approach as a high school English teacher, literacy researcher, k-12 teacher educator, instructor with Denver Writes, and an activist for youth experiencing homelessness through Attention Homes. Ellie holds a M.S. in educational psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in literacy education from University of Colorado at Boulder. Ellie’s doctoral research explored centering emotion in research-based writing. Ellie is a research associate in the School of Education at the University of Colorado.

TEACHING ARTISTS, KEVIN LOVE FUND

Bryanna Morelli Daniel

Teaching Artist

Bryanna holds a master’s degree in social work from University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in human and social development with a minor in psychology. Through AmeriCorps, Bryanna worked at a nonprofit called Branches, Inc. where she mentored, tutored, and created enrichment activities at an after-school program for K-12 students. Bryanna gained international experience working abroad while volunteering in Embu, Kenya, with Huruma Rescue Mission, where she taught English and art to elementary students. During her graduate studies, Bryanna provided case management, crisis intervention, treatment planning, and individual and group counseling to students. Bryanna is very passionate about helping individuals from diverse backgrounds, advocacy, community development, and striving to create social change.

Cathyana Marcel

Teaching Artist

Cathyana holds a master’s degree in social work from Florida International University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lee University. She has served as the assistant program director with Branches Inc. for the past six years. Her background in the nonprofit sector and community development has helped her be a strong mentor to under-resourced youth. In reflecting on her experience delivering this curriculum she shares, “Having experienced historically defining moments and living in a culture that caters too easily to silencing our inner struggles, the Kevin Love Fund project was life giving and empowering for our students. Our students desperately need these spaces of hope.” Cathyana is a lover of stories, leadership development, and creating safe spaces that empower youth to become their best selves.