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

-Check out this awesome virtual magazine (‘Zine’ link) from CAPA!

Through the challenges with the Covid pandemic, Stand Together was able to adapt and revise their program for a virtual format. In the 2020-2021 school year, 18 schools are participating in Stand Together. This year’s schools include:

CAPA (PPS), Deer Lakes HS (Cheswick), Gateway MS (Monroeville), Montour HS (McKees Rocks), North Hills HS, North Hills MS, Oakland Catholic (Pgh), Perry HS (PPS), Propel HS (Braddock Hills), SciTech (PPS), Shaler MS, South Park HS, Thomas Jefferson HS (Clairton), West Allegheny HS (Imperial), West Mifflin HS, and Woodland Hills HS (Churchill).

Stand Together also operates in several local Jewish schools through a grant from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. These programs include the girls’ schools at Hillel Academy and Yeshiva School (both in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA, home of one of the country’s largest Jewish population).

In the 2019-2020 school year, 24 schools participated in the program. We expect many of our previous schools to return in the 2021-2022 school years as the pandemic calms down and schools have more stability. In addition, we have received additional funding and are planning to aggressively expand next year. If you represent a school in Allegheny County, please reach out to Danyelle Borish to schedule a meeting and to learn more about the program.

Check out our project playlist on YouTube!


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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