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Rising Above

Updated: 4 days ago

Featuring Mending Matters

Over the past decade, youth mental health has become an issue of increasing concern with the proliferation of cell phones and social media, not to mention a global pandemic! It’s a critical moment for young people and Mending Matters, which provides on-site mental health services to students across San Diego County.


The organization has seen incredible growth in the last nine years, expanding from just two school sites to serving nearly seventy schools. Co-Founder and Executive Director, MariaEsther Hemmen contacted SVP to support her in developing the nonprofit’s leadership team in a moment of growth and significant change for Mending Matters.


SVP’s consulting team including Lead Partner Jen Hamilton, Scott Schechter, and Alan Sorkin helped her develop a more efficient organizational structure with middle management in place. Layering in a new level of leadership isn’t easy! Thankfully, coaching from SVP helped Hemmen to rise above. Our Partners guided Mending Matters’ leadership in learning how to “manage managers” and training new program directors to effectively support their teams of therapists.


“With SVP, we examined our leadership team, assessed organizational needs, and strategized how to build necessary support, this engagement has had a significant positive impact, empowering us to serve our staff and community better and achieve our mission,” commented Hemmen.


What’s changed? A year later Mending Matters leadership is stronger and more resilient, and the nonprofit can see a wide horizon of revenue opportunities ahead. We won’t give up either. We continue to collaborate with Mending Matters in second consulting engagement focused on revenue stream development and building its board of directors. What a privilege it is for SVP to see nonprofit leaders in our community rise above.


Mending Matters partners with schools and organizations to overcome the many barriers that prevent young people from accessing therapeutic services with zero cost to students and families. The nonprofit’s trained mental health professionals meet students where they are by giving them the opportunity to speak openly about their experiences in a confidential and safe environment.

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