has only just begun...
When Project Proactive’s story began, Shoshana Mehler was working part-time at a hospital as a Behavioral Health Councilor for patients with mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. The other part of the time, she worked and volunteered for a nonprofit called “Hope for The Day” as a Project Manager. Shoshana was inspired by HFTD’s youthful and trendy approach and felt that the Jewish world could benefit greatly from adopting some of their methods.
While the Jewish community rallies together effectively in reactive circumstances, Shoshana felt that building a community founded on proactive education, awareness, empowerment, leadership development, unity, and authenticity would be transformative to the emotional well-being of the next generation.
In April of 2017, Shoshana created an Instagram account (@project_proactive) to try to bring this message to the Jewish Community. As the account grew faster than expected, Shoshana realized that she could not work, go to school, be a mom, and continue to run this growing Instagram account on her own. She asked Rebecca Shapiro, a Marketing and Communications Consultant with a background in Education, Curriculum Development, Graphic Design and Illustration, to join her volunteer efforts.
The timing was right, and Rebecca was excited to get involved in a project that had so much meaning and potential for impact.
Together, they generated a growth plan, that has not only gained incredible traction, it has placed Project Proactive in the spotlight as innovators in the Jewish Community’s mental health world.