Conceptualized during the pandemic of 2020, AGITF was inspired by both the passion and unique experience of Insight Enrichment Group's team of peer mentors, and the inspiring talents of the clients they work with.
For all of us who have struggled with lack of connection with others, lost structure, routine and opportunies in the past year - you are not alone. This space is for us, providing support, compassion and self expression with each other & for each other.
Welcome to A Gap in the Forest.
MEET OUR DIRECTORS
Through the common thread of peer mentoring and lived experience, we, the board of directors, each bring our own passions and insights to spearheading our various creative projects. Until we we are able to introduce each and every one of peers and volunteers, we’d like to introduce ourselves.
Mara sought out a career in the mental health field to give back the support she recieved during her own journey. With a background in politics and legislation, Mara is blending her past experience with passion in the start up of a nonprofit that encourages growth through creativity, whether it’s individual or communal.
Kate was raised between Northern California and England. She graduated from University of Victoria with a BA in anthropology, and an MA in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University while living with mental health issues and addiction. She is a professional ballet dancer, and today lives and works in LA as a documentarian, peer mentor and actress.
Erika was a client and patient long before she was afforded the opportunity to help others going through similar challenges in life. She has always sought safety in the self expression found in literature and writing. She co-runs AGITF's Creative Writing Group and facilitates our collaborative digital anthology.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Adam has been working in education for the past three decades. He has developed numerous programs throughout his career for young adults living with mental health conditions. In 2004, Adam created Insight Enrichment Group, providing individualized and integrated psychosocial support, life skills education, executive functioning coaching, and case management to teens and adults living with mental health conditions. A passionate voice in mental health advocacy and education, Adam also maintains numerous speaking engagements and educational presentations. His continued collaboration with The National Alliance on Mental Illness includes volunteering as a lead presenter for their “Ending the Silence” program, and facilitating family support groups.