This week during our continued recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to spotlight a past recipient who’s working towards bettering the state of youth mental health in America. Greg Nance originally was awarded a Jefferson Award in 2011 for the work he put into creating Moneythink, a volunteer-led initiative where college students teach financial literacy to high school students. Now, Nance is choosing to multiply even more good by founding the Run Far Foundation.  

The Run Far Foundation aims to spark a nationwide movement for youth mental health. After struggling with his own mental health and addiction issues as a young adult, Greg found things got better when he incorporated a daily ritual of running and the community he was surrounded by while volunteering with Moneythink. Now, he is currently running across America to fundraise for the Run Far Foundation in the hopes of paying it forward. 

Nance started his journey running across the U.S. on April 25th in New York and aims to end with over 3,000 miles logged on June 28th in Washington. This ocean-to-ocean marathon will help raise funds for the foundation, so that they can provide start-up grants to youth for impactful volunteer projects and community-building projects. 

For more information on how to apply for grants, how to donate, and to follow along to see just how far Greg is going to run, visit the Run Far Foundation’s website linked below.