The Wingspan Project

The Wingspan Project (TWP) is a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Our mission is to make mental health and related services available to underserved, marginalized, and/or disenfranchised people through organizational and individual capacity building. We are most notably dedicated to supporting services to people who have experienced discrimination and stigma and to those whose identities are particularly vulnerable to systems of oppression.  We enact our mission through a variety of programs targeting different segments of the population we serve.

Access for All...

The Access for All (AfA) program provides and subsidizes direct mental health services to individuals, families, and organizations who may not be able to access such services due to financial and/or logistical constraints. Individuals and/or families may submit an application to TWP for services, specifying whether they have already identified a therapist or organization from whom they would like to receive services or if they would like assistance through TWP to identify potential therapists. Organizations may apply to the program in order to provide free, low-cost, and/or subsidized mental health services to marginalized and/or disenfranchised individuals through traditional agency-based psychotherapy or through innovative programming offered in client homes or schools.


Violence And Loss Organizational Response

Valor: great courage in the face of danger (English) Valor: value and/or bravery (Spanish)

For any organization where people have experienced violence or sudden or traumatic loss, or for organizations or agencies located in urban neighborhoods where gun and/or other community violence occurs frequently, there is an increased probability that employees will experience violence, the death or injury of a client, or perhaps the death or injury of a colleague. The Live Oak Project’s VALOR program is designed to provide support for individuals and organizations experiencing such violence and loss.

Through the VALOR program, organizations can request funding for one or more clinicians to arrive at an agency immediately after a traumatic. In addition, TWP can provide funding for on-site psychotherapy and crisis intervention services for one or more days, providing individual or group intervention for employees. And for employees who might benefit from more extended support or who would like to receive support more confidentially, TWP can provide funding for additional sessions for a pre-determined length of time, or linkages to clinicians through TWP network.

TWP can also provide funding for employee workshops that address general self-care, meditation, mindfulness, and vicarious trauma. These can be one-time professional development workshops or we can provide funding for such workshops/groups in an on-going way, either at an agency’s site or at another location. Such workshops will be tailored to the specific needs and interests of the organization.

Franklin’s Fund

Franklin’s Fund (FF) supports people with mental health needs and/or physical disabilities and their relationships with their animals/pets. Recognizing the value of the animal-human relationship in enhancing and maintaining mental health, FF provides financial and other resources to people who otherwise would not be able to maintain their relationships with their animal family members.

People who benefit from Franklin’s Fund include older or infirm people who require some kind of financial or in-kind resources for their animals to remain in their care. Franklin’s Fund also provides financial or in-kind resources to people without the ability to provide medical or other care to older or special needs animals with the goal of maintaining quality of life for both animal and human.

Young Professionals Network

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) supports the growth and development of early career individuals committed to working with underserved and/or underrepresented people and communities. YPN connects these early career individuals with more seasoned professionals who are committed to providing mentorship and consultation on at least a monthly basis. In addition to the monthly individual consultation meetings, YPN also provides periodic training and continuing education opportunities for early career professionals and their mentors with a focus on increasing capacity to provide services to historically marginalized groups.

Valuing Difference Awards (Sponsored by Live Oak, Inc.)

The Valuing Difference Awards are sponsored by Live Oak, Inc., and provide financial awards to graduate students or activists whose work recognize the consequences of privilege, oppression, discrimination and stigma, and who are therefore committed to psychotherapy, consultation, and training that affirms the value of difference. Both are awarded annually.

Graduate Scholarship

The intention of this scholarship is to encourage and support new clinicians who are aligned with the values of Live Oak, Inc. and The Wingspan Project. Eligible applicants include students currently enrolled or about to begin graduate programs in any of the following disciplines: Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Psychology, or a related field. $2500 will be awarded either in full to one person, or in smaller amounts to several people. Each award will be for no less than $500/person.

Community Activism and Achievement Award

The intention of this award is to recognize and support persons actively engaged in community activism, organizing, advocacy, or support in ways that are consistent with the values of Live Oak, Inc. and The Wingspan Project. $2500 will be awarded either in full to one person, or in smaller amounts to several people. Each award will be for no less than $500/person.

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