Through my time as the Stand Together advisor at SVMS, we’ve come a long way. I’m so proud of my students and I’m confident that we’ve made positive change in our school breaking down barriers surrounding mental illness and substance use.

-Ryan Dunmire-Kuftic

More testimonials from school administrators, advisors, and students.

-Our accomplishments and public recognition



In the 2018-2019 school year, 20 schools are participating in Stand Together. This year’s schools include:

Allderdice HS, Pittsburgh; Avonworth HS, Pittsburgh; Creative and Performing Arts HS, Pittsburgh; Linton MS, Penn Hills; Montour HS, McKees Rocks; North Allegheny HS, Wexford; Oakland Catholic HS, Pittsburgh; Perry HS, Pittsburgh; Propel HS, Braddock Hills; Science & Technology Academy, Pittsburgh; Shaler Area HS, Shaler; Shaler Area MS, Shaler; South Allegheny MS, McKeesport; South Park HS, South Park Twp; Steel Valley MS, Munhall; West Allegheny HS, Imperial; West Mifflin Area HS, West Mifflin; Woodland Hills, Churchill

(Click on the schools to view their most recent blog post or connect to their own Stand Together accounts/websites.)


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At the end of the year, all the Stand Together school students and advisors come together for a Recognition Event in the spring. A well-known speaker shares his/her recovery story and the students share their projects in a formal presentation. In addition, the students display and/or demonstrate their projects for their peers in a table ‘fair-style’ format, learning from each other and getting ideas for the next year. Community members, supporters, service providers, friends, and family are all invited to congratulate the students for the great work they’ve done to end stigma in their schools.



Nearly 300 people attended the 2019 Stand Together recognition event on April 10, 2019 at the Heinz History Center. During the event, youth from 14 participating schools presented the innovative ways they have worked to decrease stigma around mental illness and substance use disorders in their schools. Students are bused to the venue and provided lunch at no cost to the school and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments.

Click here to read about this year’s event!


Want more? Check out this list of other past projects!~



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