FA Hosts First-Ever Open Mic Day for Mental Health Awareness Month in Collaboration with Investors Bank

Leader of Student Culture Matthew Francis introducing student performers at Open Mic Day.
Leader of Student Culture Matthew Francis introducing student performers at Open Mic Day.

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Foundation Academy Collegiate came together as a school community to host its first-ever Open Mic Day in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, sponsored by the Investors Bank Foundation. Seven students performed works of original poetry on topics ranging from their experiences with race in the United States to noticing the signs of mental health struggles.

“We want to encourage everyone to reach out whenever they feel that something is off with them or when they are facing different issues, to be able to find someone to talk to,” says Matthew Francis, Leader of Student Culture at Foundation Academy Collegiate, “but also to have the courage to speak up and fight the stigma against mental health.”

Open Mic Day was made possible by a generous donation from Investors Bank, which supported virtual creative writing and performing arts workshops throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to our generous donors for believing in our students and for believing in the power of arts education.

We are so proud of all of our students for having the courage to share their stories and helping to spread awareness about mental health. Check out the video linked below to see some of their inspiring performances!

Can’t see the video? Check it out on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/qmHxHw1nvJc

About Investors Bank

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $27 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan, and cash management products for consumers and businesses.
Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

About the Investors Foundation

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education, and affordable housing.  The Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its neighbors and communities across the bank’s footprint. For more information, please visit https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Community/Investors-Foundation

Krystal Cohen

Krystal Cohen is a member of the Advancement team at Foundation Academies where she aids with fundraising and community outreach efforts. Krystal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Princeton University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs.