Stefanie Kaufman, a student at W.T. Clarke High School, recently won the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
She was honored for her initiative, “Project LETS” (Let’s Erase the Stigma), an educational program designed to spread awareness about mental illness, while addressing suicide prevention, according to the East Meadow School District's website.
Kaufman is currently working with Congress to establish a state-mandated program for teachers who will be trained every year on issues related to mental illness and suicide prevention. She also provides workshops and lectures to regional organizations.
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She explained why she started "Project Lets,"
“There is a real lack of awareness and programs in America that address mental illness and suicide.”
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is distributed to individuals and groups dedicated to the service of others. This award is granted by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. It was created to thank volunteers who serve as an example to others.