Anti-Stigma Service Learning Projects

The Stand Together program encourages and prepares youth to take self-directed action against social stigma.  Students brainstorm strategies for effecting change and reducing social stigma in their school and community, and once students agree upon a project idea, OBH staff support students while teachers guide them through the planning and implementation phases of their project.

Student participants may decide to design a cause-related marketing plan to educate their peers, examine the changes in laws related to mental illness and urge politicians to promote laws about health insurance companies covering mental health services, …the possibilities are truly endless! Students follow the service-learning process by first investigating the problem, then developing an plan, take action, reflect, demonstrate the effectiveness of their project, celebrate their successes, and finally evaluate their projects.  Below you will find project ideas, tips, and toolkits.

Mini-Grants

Once students’ Anti-Stigma Service-Learning Projects are determined, students will review the mini-grants application process and begin to write their proposals to apply for a mini-grant.

The goal of the mini-grants is to inspire youth to explore their potential to affect change in their school through civic engagement as well as provide youth and teachers with the funds needed to implement youth driven service projects that address stigma in their school. Each school is eligible for one mini-grant award. Awards will range from $100 up to $1000 to engage youth participating in the Stand Together program to implement service-learning projects that work to decrease stigma in their schools.

Check out our friends:

Stand Together is proud to feature Inside Our Minds (created by our own Alyssa!), an anonymous and uncensored storytelling project working to share the experiences of people affected by mental illness in the Pittsburgh area, as well as SOVA, an anonymous, moderated online social community with blogs created by adolescents, for adolescents, to learn, share strength, be positive, and grow. We value their dedication to our community and support their work to end stigma, connect individuals to resources, and provide a safe space to talk about mental illness.