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The Highmark Foundation Awards $4 Million in Highmark Healthy High 5 Grants to Two Nonprofit Organizations
Date:1/29/2008

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The Second Mile (Centre County)

The Second Mile (TSM) was awarded $479,068 over two years to support the expansion of the Intensive Challenge Program, a week-long residential camp that promotes self-confidence, enhances positive life skills and improves self-esteem in at-risk children ages 8 to 15 years old.

Each summer, school counselors and social service workers refer troubled youths to attend the Intensive Challenge Program and take part in team building, problem solving and goal setting curriculum. The youths also learn healthy living behaviors and positive social attitudes to help them set personal, academic and service goals for the coming school year.

The grant will allow TSM to hire qualified evaluators to administer and gather data from their newly implemented Harter self-esteem tool, transport students to and from their home areas to the residential sites, expand the number of program participants and include an additional week of residential programming in 2009.

The mission of The Second Mile is to challenge young people to achieve their potential as individuals and community members by providing opportunities for them to develop positive life skills and self-esteem as well as by providing education and support for parents and professionals addressing the needs of youth.

About Highmark Healthy High 5

Highmark Healthy High 5 is a five-year, $100 million initiative of the Highmark Foundation aimed to reverse the current trends in children's health and to promote lifelong healthy habits in children throughout the communities served by the Highmark Foundation.

Highmark Healthy High 5 addresses five critical children's health issues -- including nutrition, physical activity, self-esteem, grieving and bullying -- through education, communications, volunteerism, grants and programming. For more information on Hig
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