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 News and Updates - May / June 2022    

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Celebrating Pride Month

As part of Pride Month, Springboard celebrates its commitment to serving the LGBTQ+ community and realizing a more equitable world in which healing is accessible for people of all genders, sexualities, and orientations.  

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The Stonewall Uprising June 28, 1969

History of Pride Month

Helping LGBTQ+ heal from

adversity and toxic stress

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact all communities, yet studies show that some populations, such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ+) community, are affected disproportionately.

For example:  

  • One CDC study found that participants who identified as LGBT reported significantly higher exposure to ACEs than comparison groups.  
  • According to an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56 percent of LGBTQ+ people reported that someone in their household had experienced job loss, furloughs, or a reduction in income or hours due to COVID-19, compared with 44 percent of non-LGBTQ+ people.  
  • Data from the CDC released just a couple of months ago found that LGBTQ+ youth reported greater levels of poor mental health, emotional abuse by a parent or caregiver, and suicide attempts than their counterparts. 

Springboard is committed to providing quality care to all and making a concerted effort to connect with the LGBTQ+ community.  

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Springboard releases Jump-In campaign

as part of Mental Health Awareness Month

In conjunction with May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Springboard unveiled its Jump-In mental health campaign which is featured on buses, billboards, street kiosks, and social media.

Historically, there has been a lack of accessible, culturally-competent, quality mental health care for the Black community. Through this campaign and other efforts, Springboard is working to end the stigma and broaden its outreach to the Black community.

Read about Jump-In Campaign
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Grand Opening of

the Youth Resource Center

Rocks the Block

Springboard welcomed Baltimore City's elected officials, community partners, and young adults to a Rock the Block and Grand Opening celebration of its Youth Resource Center.


The festive celebration included live performances by local talent, games, art projects, lunch, and access to resources offered by our community partners. Learn more about the YRC which serves young adults ages 14 to 24 years old.

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How to talk with children

about mass shootings

The recent spree of gun violence in schools, grocery stores, and churches is frightening and has rattled us all.

Springboard team members shared resources that provide tips on how to talk with children about school shootings.

Tips on how to talk with kids about school shootings
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Please join me in wishing new team members a warm welcome!


F.T. Burden

CEO of Springboard Community Services

Baltimore City 

  • Ashley Johnson, Train Up Case Manager
  • Korren Samuel, Behavioral Health Receptionist

Carroll County

  • Taylor Weber, Domestic Violence Services 

Harford County

  • Cassandra Kimball, Behavioral Health Clinician

Howard County

  • Lakeya McCoy, Case Manager, Family Violence Project
  • Jocelyn Christian, Case Manager, Family Violence Project 
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