The Project AWARE Team

Kym AsamCassandra TownshendAmy Wheeler-Sutton

Kym Asam
Technical Assistance & Coaching

Cassandra Townshend
Project Director
Amy Wheeler-Sutton
Project Co-Director

Frequently Asked Questions About Project AWARE VT

What does Project AWARE stand for?

Project AWARE stands for: Advancing Wellness And Resiliency in Education.

What does Project AWARE do?

The participating supervisory unions have established District Community Leadership Teams to:

  • identify and manage priorities for change;
  • develop and adopt roles of mental health clinicians to meet the needs across a continuum of supports; and
  • build student and family/caregiver voice into their existing systems.

This spring, Project AWARE conducted a comprehensive analysis of the supervisory unions' social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health data to inform next year’s action planning.

Is Project AWARE VT part of a national program?

About Project AWARE nationwide

The national Project AWARE program builds or expands the capacity of each state's educational agencies to be in partnership with state mental health agencies, as they oversee school-aged youth. The project aims to increase mental health awareness in schools across states, territories, and tribal communities.

Project AWARE also provides training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to identify and respond to mental health challenges, and connects students presenting with behavioral health challenges and their families to needed services.

Nationally, the program has:

  • increased mental health literacy among the schools and communities
  • removed barriers to find care, and
  • ensured cultural relevance for all school programs.

More about Project AWARE at the US Dept of Health & Human Services

What is an Interconnected Systems Framework?


An Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) deliberately integrates mental health, community, school, and family partners through a single system of delivery. It's a network that better connects schools and families with mental health supports in their communities. 

Learn more about Interconnected Systems Frameworks

Where is Project AWARE active in Vermont?

Project AWARE currently supports three Vermont supervisory unions in building an Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF).


  • Orleans Supervisory Union

  • Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union

  • Slate Valley Supervisory Union