Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School Awarded State Mental Health Grant


Philadelphia, PA – Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School (SLA) administrators are pleased to announce the grades K-8 charter school joined its counterparts across the state in receiving a $70,000 Noncompetitive School Mental Health Grant. The grants were approved by the School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC), which is under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Statewide, $47 million in competitive school safety and security grants were awarded to improve safety, security, and mental health supports for students and staff at schools across the Commonwealth.

SLA will use the mental health and safety security grant to implement various initiatives aimed at promoting a safe and supportive learning environment for students and staff.

The school grant awards complete the $155 million school safety grants program package appropriated in the 2023-24 budget.

SLA’s Administration and Board of Trustees consider investments in student and staff mental health care as foundational,” SLA CEO Ms. Leigh Purnell said. “We’re pleased that the State School and Safety Committee shares this view by prioritizing funding for these vital initiatives.”


Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, located on two campuses in Southwest Philadelphia, is rooted in a mission to transform students’ lives. By employing a single-gender, leadership embedded educational model, SLA empowers its students to proactively change their environment. With a foundational vision rooted in community service, the academy remains dedicated to instilling the core values of integrity, scholarship, courage, concern, and leadership in its students. Over the years, academically, SLA has not only consistently met but, in certain instances, also surpassed state expectations. For more information, visit:

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