The Steve Fund Partnership

The Steve Fund and Crisis Text Line are partnering to support the mental health and well-being of young people of color.

First, we’ll train a group of young people of color to become crisis counselors with Crisis Text Line, the country’s first free, 24/7 crisis line – via text. Then, we’ll spread the word! We’ll ensure people of color across the country know Crisis Text Line is here to support them. Want to get involved (we had a feeling you might!)? Here’s how:

  1. Apply to become a crisis counselor

  2. Complete and graduate from training

  3. Join our community of 1500+ volunteer crisis counselors completing 4 hours of crisis counseling weekly.

Here’s everything you need to know to get involved:


Our  diverse community is full of students, post-grads, retirees, Veterans, members of the deaf/hard of hearing community and many more. We come from all backgrounds, ethnicities, professions, abilities, and walks of life. Our best crisis counselors are dedicated, passionate about what we do, and open to learning.

However, we’re picky. Only 30% of applicants become crisis counselors.



The application takes less than 30 minutes to complete. It allows us to get to know you, and you to get to know us!  We require a background check and two references (yeah, we really want to get to know you!). You’ll learn your status on the next acceptance date, provided you’ve submitted your application by the posted deadline. We’re always accepting applications, so if you miss one deadline, you can always submit to be considered for the next training cohort.

Please note: the experience of supporting texters in times of crisis may bring up your own difficult feelings, especially if you have personal experience with any of the issues that our texters face. With a solid support systems and self-care, these triggers can be managed and avoided by many of our crisis counselors. We ask anyone using mental health services currently to discuss this opportunity with their care provider(s) before applying. Click HERE to start your application.



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