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This year’s WMHS Stand Together club has 76 (!!!) students and we definitely started the year off right! Their fearless leader, Ms. Rowe, has been advising this group for the past 5 years and is deeply passionate and invested in this program. She’s even presenting at a national conference in […]

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Students at West Mifflin High School have been planning and implementing Stand Together projects since the beginning of the school-year. As one of only two schools that has participated all four years, WMHS has a large, elaborate program that continually works hard to educate, increase social inclusion, and encourage students […]

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Fox Chapel: Warm Acceptance & Unity

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December 13 and January 6 we met with students at Fox Chapel High School to talk about mental illness and stigma. This is the first year Fox Chapel has participated in Stand Together. These students were full of great ideas of how to facilitate activities that would invite their peers […]

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On October 26 and November 2, Stand Together programs from Steel Valley Middle and High Schools joined together for their training. We had a HUGE working space, passionate youth, and great ideas abound. Students ranged from 5th to 12th grade, spanning our greatest age difference yet! This group really enjoyed […]

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Carlynton HS: Big Goals, Big EQ

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This will be #StandTogether’s first year at Carlynton, but we can already tell it’s going to be amazing. One thing that stood out from the very beginning was the immense capacity for empathy of this group! EQ means ’emotional intelligence’ and this group of teens was incredibly open-minded, supportive, and engaging. […]

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Students from Brentwood HS were the perfect combination! We ask our advisors to choose a ‘grab bag’ of representative students: leaders, people with first person experience, and compassionate teens. Separately, you would find them as different as night and day, but together, they became a ‘force to be reckoned with!’ […]

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Propel-Braddock Hills: Surprise Success

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I have to be brutally honest…I wasn’t sure how today was going to go. These students were really quiet and sometimes had a hard time following along and respecting each other, but by the end of the trainings, these teens showed me they had everything it takes to put together […]

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Environmental Charter: Welcome Back!

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Environmental Charter School was with us for years 1-2 of the project, but had to take last year off. We’re excited to have them back this year to STAND TOGETHER against stigma and increase education & awareness at their school! These teens were rock stars! They were so focused and attentive […]

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Alyssa and I spent the last two Tuesdays at Arsenal Middle School in Lawrenceville working with 6-8th graders. Although a rowdy group, they have big hearts and are trying to survive in often unfairly rough situations. We spent a lot of time working on empathy, team-building, and unity. Students spent […]

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Week 1: West Mifflin HS & MS

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We had an absolutely AMAZING first week in the West Mifflin school district! Ms. Rowe’s & Ms. Roman’s groups learned so much, shared openly, and starting thinking about some amazing project ideas. Thanks for being our ‘guinea pigs’ and helping us work out the basic kinks!  75 (!) high schoolers […]

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