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$105,000 Awarded to Pittsburgh Cares from the Staunton Farm Foundation to Help Allegheny County Students Put an End to Stigma Associated with Mental Illness

Pittsburgh Cares, a nonprofit affiliate of the HandsOn Network, today announced that it has received $105,000 from the Staunton Farm Foundation to support a new initiative, Stand Together.

The goal of Stand Together is to inspire and prepare youth to take action against mental illness stigma.  Pittsburgh Cares is partnering with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health to educate students from middle and high schools throughout Allegheny County, about mental illness and its stigma through a series of interactive lessons and service projects.

“Through this initiative, students will have a better understanding of mental illnesses, how it feels to be stigmatized, and ways to take self-directed action against stigma through service-learning projects ,” said Holly Turkovic, program director at Pittsburgh Cares. “

This school year, Stand Together will be working with students and teachers in 10 school districts.

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Pittsburgh Cares, the region’s nonprofit leader in volunteer engagement and service learning programs, works to advance a culture of service and widespread civic engagement.  Firmly believing that the collective efforts of volunteers can transform an entire city, we provide opportunities for adults, youth, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to connect and volunteer together to address pressing social needs.  Pittsburgh Cares coordinates three primary programs: Community Connections, Business Cares, and Youth Engaged in Service (YES).

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