Join Our Team: OMM is Hiring!

Are you looking for an fulfilling opportunity to work with students and promote mental health? OMM is currently hiring for 2 positions. You can be our new associate director of impact or our new program coordinator! Please check out the attached job description for more details about the positions to determine which one is the […]

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Move for Mental Health

On May 1st, to kick off Mental Health Acceptance month, Our Minds Matter (OMM) partnered with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to host the first annual Move for Mental Health community event.  OMM Executive Director, Lauren Anderson and FCPS Mental Wellness Specialist, Bethany Demers opened the event by sharing how OMM and FCPS have been […]

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Happy World Teen Mental Wellness Day!

On World Teen Mental Wellness Day, we are pleased to announce that OMM is one of the 2022 recipients of the Hollister Confidence Fund grant program, a 501(c)(3) charity that supports individuals and nonprofits working to strengthen confidence and mental wellness in teens. As a recipient, OMM will be granted $50,000 to grow our nationwide network of 130+ student-led high […]

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OMM included in Montgomery Co.’s response to increase student mental health needs

OMM 2020-21 Impact Report

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OMM starts the school year strong!

Eighty (80) student leaders from forty-five (45) schools joined our online Back to School Leadership Training on Thursday, August 19th 2021. The goal of this training is to welcome brand new student leaders, provide them with insight into OMM, club resources, and how to transition to hosting meetings in person (as opposed to online). We […]

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OMM is proud recipient of Inova Funding

Our Minds Matter was one of 14 local organizations to receive funding from the Inova Health System’s Community Health Fund to support it’s upstream youth-led suicide prevention program in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) this coming school year. The Community Health Fund is an opportunity for Inova to invest in the community through partnerships that […]

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Two Friends Bike 4,300 miles To End Teen Suicide

welcome home, mental health heroes! Mental Health activists and friends, Heath Saffer and Omar Baloch finished their 4,300 miles cross-country trek over Fourth of July weekend, ending their journey in Bethany Beach, DE. Heath & Omar lost their childhood friend, Devon Rubenstein, to suicide and CYCLE4LIFE was created by Our Minds Matter and the Devon C. […]

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BIPOC Mental Health Month

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month, a time to bring to the forefront the particular challenges Black, Indigenous, & People of Color in the United States face in regards to their mental health (MHA 2021). This month, Our Minds Matter will be celebrating BIPOC Mental Health Month with the use of a toolkit designed by […]

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Our Minds Matter featured as Washington Spirit’s community spotlight

Our Minds Matter featured on the Today Show

Equitable Social Media Practices

Did you know that adding things like captions to videos is an example of an equitable practice? Adding captions to videos or pictures makes media more accessible to people of all abilities. Bulldogs Minds Matter from Garfield High School in Seattle, WA has started using another equitable social media practice that you might not be […]

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OMM featured in Washington Post article

WUSA9 Biking for Mental Stress and Suicide Prevention

Youth Violence Prevention Week

April 12 -16 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week School shootings and teen violence is a growing issue in America. The purpose of National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) is to bring awareness to the signs and statistics of youth violence while also finding and practicing different strategies to prevent youth violence. Check out ways […]

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World Health Day

April 7th is World Health Day! One way to participate in World Health Day is by saying thank you to our health care workers! Ways to say thank you: Send a gratitude message to health care workers A lot of hospitals have a way to send thank you notes to their workers! Look up your […]

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LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Our Minds Matter at Abington Senior High School recently held a presentation titled “Queer People and Mental Health.” This was a joint initiative with their school’s GSA chapter to talk about how queer identity and experiences impact mental health.   Student leaders from both clubs joined forces to raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ […]

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Thriving Together for Mental Health Month in May

  Join us to close the month-long campaign at OMM’s Thrive Brunch on May 23rd at 11am EST. This event is Our Minds Matter’s Spring fundraising event, which will celebrate OMM students on a year of wins against the stigma around mental health. Come early for a fun and simple virtual cooking session where we […]

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Marshall’s Virtual Kindness Week

Marshall Minds Matter held a Kindness Week from February 16th through February 19th! They chose different colors each day for a different way to express kindness: kindness to self (pink), kindness to faculty (red & blue, Marshall HS’s school colors), kindness through COVID (white), and kindness to others (purple). They kicked off their Kindness Week […]

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Road to a Better Community: Our Minds Matter on WUSA9 Great Day Washington

Spring Leadership Training

On Sunday, March 21st, 82 student leaders from 44 OMM chapters across the globe rang in spring. It was our most international class yet, students came from Virginia and Maryland to Medellin, Colombia. By the luck of the Irish, we had some new prospective leaders from Northern Ireland visit us as well. The training started […]

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

It’s #NEDAwareness Week 2021 (Feb 22-28). We’re collaborating with NEDA to invite ‘Every Body to Have a Seat at the Table’ by encouraging conversations about food, body image, and exercise issues on social media.  Together we can bust myths, reflect on personal journeys, and point people to support and resources. Here are some club activities […]

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Meet Our Panelists!

Black Youth Mental Health Panel on 2/23

Our Minds Matter’s team of renowned panelists are joining us in order to give a holistic view of what is hindering Black youth access to mental health support. Let’s meet them!   Justin Graves – Justin is the founder and owner of HESONWHEELS, project manager for the Department of Homeland Security in D.C. He has […]

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Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller (First Black Psychiatrist)

Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! You cannot have American History without Black History! Our Minds Matter is happy to begin the month with a celebration of Black contributions to our understanding of mental health. Our Minds Matter would like to start Black History Month by giving a loving shoutout to Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, a pioneering […]

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National Counselor Appreciation Week

February 1st through 5th is National Counselor Appreciation Week. There are many ways we can show counselors our gratitude such as: creating marketing material for your club’s social media explaining reasons to go see your counselor for reasons beyond class scheduling and college applications writing thank you emails or notes to your counselors highlighting counselors […]

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Gratitude Initiative for Frontline Workers

Avon Grove Minds Matter has been collecting letters to give to frontline workers at Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pennsylvania. They are encouraging friends, family, and community members to contribute drawings, notes, or letters to show appreciation for their community’s first responders. Club leaders have set up a dropbox for small packages at the front […]

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Winter Leadership Training

On Sunday January 10th, Our Minds Matter hosted its Winter Leadership Training where over 75 students from 45 schools across the country joined to learn about how they can end the stigma against mental health in their school environments. A panel of student leaders presented tips, tricks, and challenges on the following topics: student recruitment, […]

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Meeting Topics

Every meeting, Jag Minds Matter chooses a topic related to mental health to discuss. One of the recent topics they discussed was their school’s confidentiality policy. They talked about the rules are around confidentiality at Northwest High School are since not many people do not understand these rules. They went on to talk about what […]

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Research

Our Minds Matter is an upstream suicide prevention model based on resiliency research and the power of peer-to-peer influence among adolescents. Through student-led activities and campaigns, OMM clubs aim to improve four outcome areas: 1) help-seeking behavior, 2) positive coping skills, 3) social connectedness and 4) pro-social skills. In this study, we surveyed OMM members […]

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Partner

If you’re an organization that helps teenagers in a complementary aspect, consider becoming a partner with us. Or if you are a business that wants to save the youth that will make up our workforce in the future, help us by sponsoring a program we offer. There’s so much that can be done when we […]

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Donate

Your tax-deductible donation can help fund critical programs in schools that empower our youth to reach out in times of need so that they never turn to suicide. Donate now. 

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Winter Leadership Training

Our Minds Matter’s 2021 Winter Leadership Training will be held on Sunday, January 10th from 1 – 2 pm EST. All student leaders are highly encouraged to sign up for this training. Club sponsors are invited to attend as well but it is not required. Attendees will connect with other clubs, hear from a panel […]

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A Not So Silent Night: Shining A Light On Mental Health

Dear OMM Family, A Not So Silent Night: Shining A Light On Mental Health was a large success! We raised over $50,000 and broke our expected viewership ratings. It is all thanks to you. We hope you enjoyed the powerful and poignant messages from our student leaders who work daily to end the stigma in […]

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Holiday Meeting

Westfield Minds Matter graciously invited us to attend their holiday club meeting. They used a Jamboard to anonymously open up the floor for participants to create sticky notes about how people are really doing these days. Next, student leaders dove into eating disorders and eating around the holidays. They prefaced this discussion with a trigger […]

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Our Minds Matter featured on WJLA Good Morning Washington

School-Wide Campaign: Virtual Kindness Week

Woodson Minds Matter held a Virtual Kindness Week to commemorate World Kindness Day which was Friday, November 13th 2020. Each day students and staff dressed in a color to represent different ways to show kindness to others and to one’s self. Monday – presented colors to wear for the rest of the week on the […]

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giving tuesday! the gift that keeps giving!

  Our Minds Matter will be competing in a fun Giving Tuesday competition on December 1st! Help us get as many unique gifts of any amount during 3-4pm EST and 8-9pm EST GIVING POWER HOURS in order to help us win thousands of dollars that we can put towards developing teen mental health programming. Join us […]

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promoting inclusivity

Watkins Mill Minds Matter from Montgomery County, Maryland has taken efforts to promote inclusivity in their club by sharing interest meeting slides in English and in Spanish. This practice contributes to making their club meetings a safe space for students to join in about the conversation surrounding mental health and its stigma. Thank you Watkins […]

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Athletic Department Collab

Cougar Minds Matter from Quince Orchard High School is partnering with the Quince Orchard Athletic Department to include QO girls soccer, football, and cross country teams. “the positivity and mental health of our athletes is essential. We are all in this together and we have eachother’s back!” Go Cougars. Your minds matter. Slide into @qo_cougarmindsmatter […]

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Support Our Minds Matter on World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is this week and that’s a special day for us at Our Minds Matter. While World Mental Health Day is on a Saturday, the battle for fighting the stigma against mental health is daily. Last fall, the CDC released a report stating a 56% rise in teen suicide from 2007 to […]

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OMM 2019-20 Program Report

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our minds matter featured on FCPS’ Healthy Minds Podcast

Back to School Kick Off

On Saturday, September 26th we officially kicked off the school year will all our student leaders!

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Suicide Prevention Month

  This month at OMM is #selfcareSeptember. On our social media, we’ll be focusing on ways YOU can fill up YOUR cup all month long.

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2020 OMM Summit

Did you miss the Summit? Don’t sweat it, you can review the recordings from this year’s summit here.

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Harris’ Heroes: Two Foundations Fighting Teen Suicide

“News4 Your Sunday: DC Area Charities for Your Holiday Giving” – JAF Featured

“Fairfax County Schools Holds Conference to Address Mental Health” – JAF Featured

JAF’s 8th Annual Running to Remember Josh

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JAF’s our minds matter presentation to Fairfax County’s Student Advisory Council (SAC)

JAF Executive Director, Lauren Anderson, presented our minds matter to the FCPS Student Advisory Council in November 2016 and January 2017. SAC, the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council is composed of student representatives from every high school in the county. The council meets once a month to discuss issues affecting students and at the end of the […]

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JAF’s 5th Anniversary Event

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March 15, 2014: 5th Annual Running to Remember Josh – Smashes $30K Goal!

The weather was perfect for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in Washington DC on March 15, 2014 – the venue for JAF’s 5th Annual Running to Remember Josh. Over 30 runners came from 10 states to run and support JAF’s largest fundraiser.  Our goal was $30,000 but due to the generosity of all our […]

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March 15, 2014: RAVE-A-THON fundraiser at Langley HS raises over $13,000!

The students at Langley HS chose JAF to be the recipient of their annual RAVE-A-THON fundraiser held at the school on March 15th, 2014 from 12 midnight to 4am.  Over 400 tickets were sold and the event raised $13,576.84!! THANK YOU to all the kids, parents and donors!! Signage letting kids know that funds were […]

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Feb. 24 2014 – Fundraiser dinner at Elon U. by Danielle Baker raises $700!

This post is an example of how Josh’s life has impacted so many….last month, we received an email from Danielle, one of Josh’s friends since 7th grade, who is now at Elon University.  Impacted by his death 5 years ago, she wanted to do something to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention so […]

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Feb 1, 2014 Inaugural NYC Charity Ride – Almost $6,000 Raised!

JAF’s first NYC Charity Ride took place on Saturday, February 1st at Revolve Fitness.  Close to 50 bikers came out for a powerful 45 minute spin class, followed by a raffle including items from DyBar, Birchbox, Essie, Fresh, YummieTummie and Flywheel.   Delicious refreshments were donated by Batter & Cream and Honeydrop. A full spin […]

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January 24 – 29, 2014 – Stress Less, Laugh More Week at Langston Hughes MS

January 24 – 29, 2014 – Stress Less, Laugh More at Langston Hughes Middle School.   JAF supplied 1,200 Laugh More buttons, 300 friendship bracelets, 300 motivational/character pencils and resources.   Friday: “Laugh More” – What Makes You Laugh? Monday: “Safety Nets/Resiliency” – Who is Your Go-To Person? Tuesday: “Reducing Stress” – How Do You Cope With Stress? Wednesday: […]

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2013 Fundraising Events

November 14th, 2013 – 2nd Annual Bar Fundraiser at The Tavern in Great Falls, VA- our goal was $10,000. Thanks to all of our sponsors and donors, we exceeded our goal by 60% (over $16,000)!!  See press release and news article for more details. March 16, 2013 – 4th Annual Running to Remember Josh.  Almost $28,000 was raised!  

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December 2-6, 2013: Mental Wellness Week at Centreville HS & Jordan Burnham Speaks at Both Centreville and Chantilly High Schools

December 2 – 6, 2013 – Centreville High School’s Mental Wellness Week   Mellow Monday: Students watched a “Healthy Living Tips” video Water bottles were distributed before school with “Stress Less Smile More” stickers emphasizing the importance of staying hydrated Mellow music played during lunch to provide a calm, stress-less atmosphere Kids wore pajamas to […]

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April 29 – May 3, 2013: Mental Wellness Week at John Champe High School

JAF was pleased to support John Champe High School’s 1st annual Mental Wellness Week by providing Laugh More buttons, resource materials and free yoga to staff and students.  JCHS is a brand new high school in Loudoun County.   Their Director of School Counseling was Josh’s counselor at South Lakes HS and is a firm […]

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April 16 – 19, 2013: 2nd Annual Mental Wellness Week at South Lakes High School

Since last year’s Mental Wellness Week (see post), South Lakes HS has officially started an Active Minds club which sponsored this year’s highly visible and impactful week. Tuesday:  “Reducing Stress” – activities in the cafeteria during all lunches will be focused on sharing ideas on how to reduce stress.  Depression screening of the junior class.   […]

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April 29 – May 3, 2013: Stress Less, Laugh More at McLean High School

McLean High School’s 2nd annual Stress Less, Laugh More campaign was another success!  JAF was pleased to support the campaign by providing Laugh More buttons, stress management/benefits of laughter postcards, resource materials, spray paint, candy and free laughter yoga Activities during the week include the following: Monday – Nutrition Day food facts healthy snacks after school […]

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April 29 – May 3, 2013: Laugh More, Stress Less at Patch American High School

We are excited to share that the Laugh More, Stress Less campaign is not only impacting students in the US, but overseas!  Facing the same AP and final exam schedule as their US counterparts, the students at the Patch American School benefited from a week focused on stress management and the benefits of laughter. Their […]

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April 29 – May 3, 2013: Stress Less, Laugh More at TJ

The Active Minds chapter at TJ ran their 2nd annual Stress Less, Laugh More campaign during one of the most stressful times of the year – right before AP and final exams.  Here are some of the activities: Free food Laugh More buttons Limbo TED talk:  “Happy Secret to Better Work“ Stress balls Finger painting […]

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April 15-19, 2013: Mental Health Awareness Week At Lake Braddock HS/MS

“47 LB students attempted suicide last year.”  This heart-dropping sentence begins the article, Mental Health Awareness deserves more than a week, in Lake Braddock High School’s paper, written by editor-in-chief, Divya Williams.  This is one of the most head-on, straight-forward articles that we have seen printed in a school paper thus far.  Other sobering stats are […]

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4th Annual Running to Remember Josh!

The DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Saturday, March 16th was the venue for the Fourth Annual Running to Remember Josh.  Over 30 runners and supporters came from all over the country: Washington DC, Colorado, New York City, NY; Boston, MA and Atlanta/Athens, GA.  Thanks to the generosity of over 400 donors, almost $28,000 was […]

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December 11 – 13, 2012: Jordan Burnham speaks to over 4,000 local HS students!

At JAF, our goal is to fund programs in high schools that could’ve impacted Josh and stopped him from making the irrevocable decision to end his life.  We believe that goal was accomplished this week. JAF along with our partner, Safe Community Coalition, brought Active Minds speaker, Jordan Burnham to four high schools (McLean HS, […]

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2012 Fundraising Events

Successful fundraising events in 2012 raised over $40,000!  We are so grateful for the love and support of all of our donors! November 15, 2012 – First Annual JAF Fall Bar Fundraiser May 19, 2012 – 5K Run/Walk for Youth Mental Wellness – see news article May 12, 2012 – 1st annual Herndon Middle School’s 5K Run/Walk for Mental Health […]

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November 2012 Bar Fundraiser – A Success!

Thanks to all who came out to support another successful bar fundraiser for JAF, held on Thursday, November 15th at The Tavern in Great Falls, VA.   We wanted to match what was raised at our first bar fundraiser in March and thanks to generous donations, we exceeded our goal and raised over $9,000! Over 100 people […]

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Peter Classi and Michael Damiano Run The Indy Mini-Marathon

Peter Classi was introduced to the Josh Anderson Foundation from college friend, John O’Reilly, boyfriend of Lauren Anderson.  John had included Peter in the email he sent out to friends and family when he was raising money for the 2012 National Half Marathon in March.  When Peter heard about Josh’s story and what JAF was […]

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“Stress Less, Laugh More” at Langley, McLean and TJ

The week before AP exams is one of the most stressful times of the year.   Interested students, counselors and administration came up with the following “Stress Less, Laugh More” campaigns that were implemented during the week of April 30th – May 4th. Langley High School – All week was pajama week.  School rock was […]

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May 2 – 9, 2012 – South Lakes HS Mental Wellness Week

Students, counseling staff and administration collaborated on and implemented an entire week of programs to educate students on mental health issues.  Each day had a theme and targeted activities. Monday: “Welcome to Mental Wellness Week” –  Students wrote something that they liked about themselves/what they would not change on a sticky note and posted on […]

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2012 Spring Initiatives

Here is a list of the initiatives we are funding this spring: Stress Less, Laugh More Campaign  High school is a very stressful time in an adolescent’s life and for many kids, stress can be counter-productive and even debilitating. Active Minds has partnered with the Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF) to modify one of their most […]

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Third Annual Running to Remember Josh!

The DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and Marathon on Saturday, March 17th was the venue for the Third Annual Running to Remember Josh.  Seventeen runners and their supporters came from DC, NYC, Boston, Atlanta and the campuses of UVA, Virginia Tech, UNC, William & Mary and Penn State.  Thanks to the generosity of the […]

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Successful night for JAF at the Tavern!

Thank you to everyone who showed up and gave their support to The Josh Anderson Foundation on March 14th 2012 at the Tavern at Great Falls.  The night consisted of drinks being served by guest bartenders of all ages; items such as gym memberships, massages, and dining certificates being raffled off; a live auction; and […]

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Keeping the Josh Anderson Foundation ACTIVE

The Josh Anderson Foundation is excited to announce its partnership with Active Minds, Inc., an organization dedicated to championing the mental health and wellness of students and young adults. Focused on promoting youth mental wellness, the Josh Anderson Foundation supports organizations doing great work for our youth in all areas of mental health. Active Minds empowers the […]

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