Press Release

Contact: Heather Harter

The Youth Mental Health Project announces
Heather Harter as its new Director of Development

November 22, 2021

The Youth Mental Health Project has selected Heather Harter to serve as the organization’s new Director of Development.

Ms. Harter brings over twenty years’ experience in fund development, marketing and communications to The Youth Mental Health Project. She has held development roles in local chapters of national nonprofit organizations, government agencies and educational programming. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies/Communications from Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, NJ and an MS in Marketing and Communications from Franklin University in Columbus, OH. She also has taken graduate coursework in public policy at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.

Harter will develop a fundraising strategy to help advance the organization’s ambitious growth plans. The Youth Mental Health Project, established in 2016, operates The Parent Support Network, which has assisted over 800 parents in 44 states, reached countless communities with educational presentations and content, and worked to remove the blame, shame, misunderstanding, and silence experienced by so many families struggling with their mental health.

“We are thrilled to have Heather’s leadership on our development strategy and execution. Her experience across all fundraising modalities will enable us to offer our programs, including The Parent Support Network, to more parents and families in new and more diverse communities across the country,” said Valerie Barton, Executive Director.

About The Youth Mental Health Project: The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. We envision a world made up of informed families and caring communities that realize and strengthen the mental health of our youth – a world where people are just as aware of their mental health as their physical health, where families are validated and able to readily access the care they need.