LEOMINSTER – The SHINE Initiative Advisory Board awarded grants April 30 totaling more than $40,000 to 10 Central Massachusetts human service agencies and educational institutions, in support of mental health education and related services.
The recipients are: Alternatives ($3,000), with programs in the Blackstone Valley, Worcester, Gardner and Leominster; Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster ($4,000); CAPS/FLLAC Educational Collaborative of North Central Massachusetts ($4,000); Children’s Friend ($4,000) Worcester; Community Healthlink ($5,000), with programs and services in Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster and Worcester; Doctor Franklin Perkins School ($4,000) in Lancaster; Family Health Center ($5,000), Worcester; Jewish Family & Children’s Services ($4,000), Worcester; Leominster Education Foundation ($4,000); and Worcester State University ($10,000, 2-year grant). The grants awarded by the SHINE Initiative were made possible with funds derived through a series of events, including its signature Keep Your Mind Open in the autumn and the Quarter Mile campaign in May to coincide with national Mental Health Month.
Since 2013 the SHINE Initiative has awarded $152,000 in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations to support and promote mental health awareness, education, research and direct services. The SHINE Initiative was formed in 2004 as a social enterprise with support from Fidelity Bank. Its mission is to be a leader in recognizing mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue.
In recent years it has collaborated with middle and high schools, colleges and universities, mental health and youth-serving organizations to promote and sponsor awareness and education of behavioral, emotional and mental disorders that affect young people and their families.