Tessa Zimmerman, the founder of Upstream Education, is on a mission to address the critical gap in mental health resources within the school system. Recognizing the urgent need for support, Zimmerman established Upstream Education Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping educators with essential mental health tools.
Upstream Education offers a comprehensive program designed to empower educators with Tier 1 mental health resources. Grounded in mindfulness and positive psychology practices, these tools are specifically curated to be seamlessly integrated into various aspects of the school day, including classes, advisory sessions, small groups, one-on-one interactions, and staff meetings.
With a strong focus on accessibility and effectiveness, Upstream Education’s approach aims to provide support to students at every level, ensuring that mental health education becomes an integral part of the school curriculum. By equipping educators with the necessary skills and resources, Upstream Education seeks to create a nurturing and supportive environment where students can thrive emotionally and academically.
Through strategic partnerships with major school districts, including Denver Public Schools and the Pasadena Unified School District, Upstream Education has been able to reach a significant number of students. With $2 million in funding, the organization is making a profound impact, reaching an estimated 45,000 students weekly.
Zimmerman’s visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to mental health education have positioned Upstream Education as a pioneering force in the field. By addressing the root causes of mental health challenges and providing educators with the tools they need to support students effectively, Upstream Education is shaping the future of mental health education in schools.
As the demand for mental health support continues to grow, Zimmerman and Upstream Education are poised to lead the way, ensuring that every student has access to the resources they need to thrive emotionally and academically. Through innovation, collaboration, and advocacy, they are transforming the landscape of mental health education and empowering educators to make a difference in the lives of their students.