National Students of AMF Support Network
National Students of AMF is a national, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization whose mission is tosupport college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one. Co-founded in 2006 by (then) college juniors, Ben Chesson and David Fajgenbaum after the loss of David's mother, AMF is active on 60 college campuses nationwide.
Each AMF chapter is student-run and includes a peer-led support group and community service group. The national office, located in Raleigh, NC, provides chapter leader training and administrative assistance to developing chapters, offers grief resources and research online at www.studentsofamf.org, and hosts national programming, such as the National Conference on College Student Grief and National College Student Grief Awareness Week.
Research shows that college students benefit from and prefer student-led bereavement interventions and that giving back through service confers a therapeutic benefit to students. AMF’s student-driven program model lowers the barrier of entry for many students that might not otherwise seek support and encourages them to give back to their communities in honor of loved ones – to actively move forward with their grief.