Griffin Ambitions vision is to “be Jacob Griffin" for the twenty-first century, seeking opportunities for productive dialogue and learning within the behavioral health field; and activating leadership and collaborative endeavors by awarding targeted grants to address important behavioral health needs in innovative ways.
With the range and depth of behavioral health needs far outpacing a single foundation's financial resources, the Foundation recognizes the need to proceed in a thoughtful manner to have a meaningful impact nationwide. Griffin Ambitions intends to employ an active, strategic approach to grantmaking to accomplish its vision.
Griffin Ambitions will take an active role in identifying initiatives consistent with its priorities, seeking out organizations that can advance these initiatives, and awarding grants in a manner that can make a targeted and measurable impact. Griffin Ambitions will also seek out partnerships that can fruitfully leverage both material and non-material resources to extend its ability to effect change at grassroots and systemic levels.
Through Griffin Ambition's national outreach, tens of thousands of young adults and community members learned about suicide, suicide prevention, and how to help friends in need. We work with students and administrations to enhance the perception about mental health on college campuses.
What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
We work with constituents to change society's conversation about mental health to one that is open, educated, and supportive. Our aim is to have a impact on as many people within the US as possible, encouraging safe spaces and help-seeking.
What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
We will advocate with college students on campuses and mitigate on behalf of organization or club and higher education, using strategic organizational communication scholars.
What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
We advocate using the college students voice and encourage lifelong leadership development. Griffin Ambitions works to promote mental health and prevent mental and substance use disorders through advocacy, education, and research. Our goal is to help College students achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives; to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the ultimate goal"
How will they know if they are making progress?
Recognizing the power of both qualitative and quantitative impact, Griffin Ambitions constantly monitors progress in both.
As we are most interested in the impact of Griffin Ambitions on individuals and on help-seeking, we survey University Administrators and Counselors each year to ascertain their assessment of the impact of our advocacy on campuses. And finally, we are constantly soliciting qualitative feedback in the form of surveys and testimonials to measure the impact we are having on individual lives.
What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
With aspirations of having a nationwide impact, we work hard to represent tremendous year-after-year growth and the distinct proof of concept and need. We aim to create more diverse programming to be representative of as many identities as possible, and reach the other 90% in the coming years.
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Jacob "Jake" Griffin(born November 26, 1994.) is an American communications professional from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He is best known for his work in print and promotional modeling in addition to serving as voice-over artist and representative of companies such as OralB and Abercrombie and Fitch. Griffin has dedicated much of his time to mental health advocacy. As such he has become a staple to the media in Cincinnati, where he has been featured on most TV news programs and has even acted as an on-air radio personality for radio station WSCH "Eagle 99.3". As such, he has become a standout for his mental health involvement and leadership. He is currently on track to graduate in May 2017 from Ball State University. He realizes there is a stigma towards mental illness that goes against the push for treatment. On campus he has established the same presence as the President and Founder of Active Minds at Ball State University, a student organization dedicated to stigmatizing and encouraging mental health help-seeking.
College, Speaking and Mental Health Advocacy
Griffin has been an outspoken force in the mental health field, specifically on the topic of reducing the stigma. He founded Active Minds at Ball State University, at the start of his sophomore year of college as an Undergraduate at Ball State University, hot off the heels of being awarded “Advocate of the Year” at the 2013 NAMI Banquet. He realizes there is a stigma towards mental illness that goes against the push for treatment. Since his chapters inception he rapidly grew his grassroots effort to student membership on campus of more than 275 in one year and is responsible for bringing more than $15,000 dollars worth of awareness initiatives to campus in 2015. He writes for Active Minds, NAMI of Southeast Indiana, and on his chapter blog and website CollegeMindMatters.com and www.Stigma.Solutions about his experiences growing up having a longly undiagnosed brother with paranoid schizophrenia, depression and Bipolar Disorder. According to Griffin, his brothers mental health issues developed when he was twenty years old, after he was away at college and abused drugs. He also writes and talks about his own personal experiences with mental illness, depression, ADHD(Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), as well as obsessive compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. He has stated that his ADHD and mental health issues have persisted for over seventeen years, but he has since been in strong recovery since 2008.
Griffin has participated in NAMI's walks with the Southeast Indiana chapter and Southwest Ohio team, which seeks to raise awareness in the public and private sector. He volunteered as a speaker at the 2014 NAMI Conference in San Francisco, California.
He expects to present in September 2017 at the International Youth Mental Health Conference in Dublin, Ireland. He has spoken to and mentored young people on Recovery with proper mental health help-seeking and cognitive therapy. Through his organizations projects, foundation and personal story, he has been able to teach young people about the importance of good mental health and self-esteem.
He is currently at work developing his first nonprofit organization, Griffin Ambitions, in the hopes of helping others to overcome their hardships amongst the college age group of 18-24, so he can make a difference for an even bigger audience.
In 2016, Jacob Griffin launched Griffin Ambitions—a hoosier-based, philanthropic, 501c/3 non profit committed to raising its voice to improve the system through which behavioral healthcare is delivered to students in the Midwest United States region.
Griffin Ambition Ltd.'s vision is to “be Jake Griffin” for the twenty-first century, seeking opportunities for productive dialogue and learning within the behavioral health field; and activating leadership and collaborative endeavors by awarding targeted grants to address important behavioral health needs in innovative ways.
With the range and depth of behavioral health needs far outpacing a single foundation’s financial resources, he has said his foundation “recognizes the need to proceed in a thoughtful manner to have a meaningful impact in the region.”
Jake has said Griffin Ambitions intends to employ an active, strategic approach to advocacy to accomplish its vision. Griffin will take an active role in identifying initiatives consistent with its priorities, seeking out organizations that can advance these initiatives, and awarding internships in a manner that can make a targeted and measurable impact. Griffin will also seek out partnerships that can fruitfully leverage both material and non-material resources to extend his ability to effect change at grassroots and systemic levels.
He serves on the Executive Board of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council, Presented by the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Aspire Indiana and is a member of the Delaware County Wellness Coalition.
Honors and Awards
Business Professionals of America National Broadcast News Production Team Winner
2013 Graduation from (East Central High School) in St. Leon, Indiana
NAMI Chapter Advocate of the Year
Ball State University Student Life Student Organization of the Year
Ball State University Student Life IFC New Member of the Year