Born out of 23+ years of experience working with young people to empower them to be agents of change, WE’s youth programs create a generation of active citizens who care and contribute to communities at home and abroad. We provide youth with the information, tools and support to make pro-social choices and become part of a movement aimed at systemic world-change.

As North America’s largest youth-serving organization, reaching over 3.8 million youth in 16,000 schools across North America and the UK, and inspiring tens of thousands of youth through annual, large-scale youth empowerment events, WE is well-positioned to bring this program into classrooms.

Introduction

We surveyed educators who we work with every day through our WE Schools programming, and they identified a need for tools and resources to help address this important topic and support educators in bringing a conversation on well-being to their classrooms.

88% of educators are interested in learning mental wellness basics
80% of educators are interested in learning self care
70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence

WE Schools programming

WE Well-being serves youth and educators from grades K-12, as well as college and university students. Developed in collaboration with leading mental health professionals, our education modules are designed to bring well-being through service-learning into the classroom, increase mental health literacy and improve educators’ capacity to support students. Our WE Schools programming includes:

Educational resources
Promoting mental well-being in schools through:

  • A module series developed in year one
  • Progressive expansion to in-classroom curriculum
  • Diversity of modules for higher grade levels

Professional learning

  • Educators will have access to a combination of both in-person and virtual sessions
  • Resources will develop educators’ skills and capacity around their own well-being and the well-being of their students

WE Well-being aims to foster knowledge, competencies and positive human qualities through experiential service-learning to promote social, emotional, physical and mental well-being in children, youth and educators.

This unique resource, combined with professional learning sessions, empowers educators and youth to take action to care for themselves and their local and global communities.

Our primary objective is to promote well-being by increasing internal (i.e., self-regulation) and external (i.e., positive relationships) protective factors and by decreasing risk factors (i.e., stigma) for mental health challenges.

Youth Programming

WE Well-being provides a variety of youth programs, supporting youth in building skills and understandings in order to promote their own well-being and the well-being of others. These include:

  • Speaking tour and workshop series on mental well-being, accessible to over 40 Canadian schools
  • Take Action Camp well-being programming, focused in understanding our own well-being, reducing stigma, taking action and building strong communities to contribute positively to well-being
  • Youth leadership summits focused in promoting well-being and creating safe and supportive environments for self and others
  • University level workshops in self-care and stress reduction

WE Well-being Pilot Program

Our unique module series will be launching this Fall through an exciting pilot program.
Through the support of our educational partners, WE will be delivering the mental well-being test pilot with 100 educators across Canada and select areas in the U.S. in elementary and secondary classrooms.
Each educator participating in the pilot program will:

  • Participate in professional learning sessions
  • Implement resources in class
  • Report measures throughout the school year to report back on the results

What does it mean to participate in the pilot?

Each educator participating in the pilot program will:

  • Participate in professional learning sessions and receive continued support from WE Well-being team members and subject matter experts
  • Contribute to the creation of future resources and curriculum
  • Implement expert-approved resources in the classroom
  • Participate in opportunities to provide meaningful feedback to be applied to future well-being programs
  • Progressive expansion into physical educator curriculum
  • Have access to a community of educators to share experiences and ideas

How to get involved

  • Each school district will nominate two educators per school to participate in the pilot
  • Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or wish to learn more
  • The deadline to submit candidates for the program is September 14, 2018; the pilot will begin in October 2018

We are currently piloting WE Well-being in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, email [email protected] or contact your WE Schools Program Manager.

Learning Framework

Program Outcomes:

  1. Promoting positive, inclusive safe and caring environments and relationships
  2. Fostering resiliency, celebrating diversity, and reducing stigma
  3. Increasing knowledge, skills and positive human qualities that promote well-being

Scope of Practice:

To promote emotional, social, physical and mental well-being for schools, families, and communities. We do not provide crisis support or treatment. We do increase awareness and increase access to strategic partners who specialize in mental health intervention services.

Youth Programming:

  • Program will include a speaking tour and workshop series on mental well-being, with a keynote speech for the entire student body and workshops with interactive modules
  • Programming for each age group at ME to WE’s Take Action Camp, focused on understanding our own well-being, reducing stigma and taking action as well as a campwide themed meal focused on how building strong communities contributes positively to well-being
  • Youth leadership summits focused in promoting well-being and creating safe and supportive environments for self and others
  • University-level workshops in self care and stress reduction

Are you experiencing a mental health crisis? Go to the nearest hospital or call 911.