ICEF's Embrace The Mind

In 2018, ICEF launched a mental wellness program, created by researchers at Harvard University for predominantly African-American and Latino communities called, Embrace The Mind: A Mental Wellness Initiative at ICEF Public Schools


Our mission is threefold:

  • to offer education on the science behind brain development and mental health,
  • to reduce stigma associated with mental illness,
  • and, to equip students, teachers, and families with tools to build mental wellness.


Students now have the opportunity to learn about mental health, reflect on their personal strengths, and practice calming activities like mindfulness meditation.  Teachers, parents, and caregivers will also learn about how to support students with mental health, and engage in stress-reduction strategies with the students on campus throughout the school year. 


ICEF Public Schools Opens Wellness Centers at All Schools 
"Nationally, there is evidence that the mental health needs of black and brown communities are not being adequately addressed.  The approach to mental health in these communities needs to be different and holistic, not just focused on criminal behavior or hospital systems, but inclusive of where people live, learn and play. ICEF's "Embrace the Mind" program will be a model that is scalable in these communities; we, at Harvard Chan's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, are greatly in support of these efforts."
- Ra'Shaun Nalls, Director of Community Engagement - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office of Diversity and Engagement