In the Spotlight
Information below comes from the AMF Support Network website:
The National Students of AMF Support Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one. The organization accomplishes its mission by creating Students of AMF Campus Chapters on college campuses nationwide that connect and empower grieving college students to support one another and participate in community service in memory of deceased loved ones, raising awareness about the needs of grieving college students, including through the annual National College Student Grief Awareness Week, and hosting national grief support programs, such as the "We Get It" Supportive Blog, and events, such as the National Conference on College Student Grief.
See National Students of AMF Strategic Map, which maps the various aspects of the nonprofit.
Since AMF was founded by David Fajgenbaum and Benjamin Chesson in 2006 (check out our history), the organization has worked with students from over 170 different colleges and universities to start up Campus Chapters, developed 44 official Campus Chapters, and supported over 1,500 grieving college students. AMF accomplishes this through the support of an 80-person strong corps of National Students of AMF volunteers (Board of Directors, Board of Mental Health Professionals, Board of Advisors, Board of Alumni/Student Leaders, and Volunteer Executive Leaders).
"AMF" initially stood for Ailing Mothers & Fathers as well as the initials of the co-founder's mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum. As we've grown to include all students coping with the illness or death of a loved one (however defined) as a part of our network, we use AMF to describe our incredible students– "Actively Moving Forward."
Campus Chapters are student-led, faculty/staff-advised, and university-recognized student organizations that consist of a peer-led grief support group, a service group open to the entire campus community, and a mentoring program that connects grieving students with supportive faculty. Click here to learn more about what they do and how you can be a part of one…
We are run entirely by volunteers and we would not be able to accomplish any of what we do without the dedicated support of dozens of volunteers nationwide. Our volunteers help us in a variety of ways, including: supporting and providing advice to our Campus Chapter Presidents, updating our Facebook and Twitter pages, fundraising on our behalf, organizing our annual National Conference, and helping us to maintain compliance with IRS, federal, and state regulations. Click here to learn more about our volunteers and how you can help us to support grieving college students…
Finally, we rely on the generous support of donors, nationwide, to help us to cover chapter costs, such as T-shirts/promotional items, refreshments at meetings and events, printing/copying costs, in-depth support group leader training, and expenses for chapter leaders to attend the annual National Conference on College Student Grief. Click here to learn more about how to donate to support our students…