project leader
Vernard A
(Homewood and a variety of different Pittsburgh communities.)
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the project

The mission of Steel Smiling is to bridge the gap between community members and mental health support through education, advocacy and awareness. 

Expose 100% of black adults in Pittsburgh to 1 mental health engagement that improves their quality of life by 2030.

We are raising funds for mental health counselor fees, space rental, food, and supplies for 2019 community programming with Steel Smiling PGH. 

the steps

Our programming includes: Mental Health Awareness Month Training Blitz, Suicide Prevention Month Forum and Beams to Bridges.

Since launching in 2015, here are some of our highlights:

  • 39 hours of free individual and group street therapy conversations provided by a licensed mental health practitioner for 39 community members.

  • Provided 658 community members, mental health practitioners, high school and college students with 55 hours of psycho-education. 

  • Provided 134 community members, leaders and educators with Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Certifications

  • Referred 65 community members to mental health care providers and practitioners.

why we're doing it

I am very passionate about the opportunity of individuals receiving quality services (especially those that don't have access or can't afford services).


Disbursed budget:

Mental Health Trainers: $200

Mental Health Treatment Co-Payments: $200

Program Participant Emergency Funds :$179.44

Community Event Space Rental: $100

Food: $100

T-Shirts: $50

Printing: $25

Supplies: $25

Musicians: $100

Office Space Rental: $200

TOTAL RAISED = $1,252.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $37.56


Original budget:

Mental Health Counselor Fees (Professionals will be compensated but the services will be free to the community)


Space Rental




ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $146



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