25th anniversary—WE Well-Being

Youth and school programming WEWell-being will equip students and educators with educational curriculum and supporting resources that foster social, emotional, physical and mental well-being inside and outside of the classroom. WEWell-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.

Educational curriculum and lesson plans

Imagine a science class where students learn the neuroscience behind how sleep impacts our mental health Imagine a phys-ed class that introduces the connections between our physical activity and mental resiliency Imagine a coding class where students learn about the safe use of digital technology to optimize mental health Teachers will receive a turnkey package of lesson plans and resources on mental well-being that they will plug into their existing course work. Curriculumwill be developed in four cohorts of grades (primary K-3, junior 4-6, intermediate 7-8 and senior 9-12). Teachers will use the resources throughout the year to support consistent engagement with the material. Lesson plans will focus on key mental health topics including:

Understanding the brain and brain development Help-seeking Resilience

Understanding stress response Self-care Reducing stigma

WE Well-being’s 10 pillars of capacity building

Professional learning for educators

WEWell-being’s resources and programming are all grounded in 10 pillars of capacity building:

We believe the best way to systemically engage a generation of young people is by reaching them through the tens of thousands of teachers who support them every day. We will leverage our network of passionate educators and put the right resources and tools into their hands as they engage their students. WE will offer free training sessions to support educators in delivering well-being programming as well as to increase their personal and professional resilience and mental competency and capacity of teachers. • This will include group coaching sessions with mental health experts to provide teachers with effective teaching strategies. • We will also offer teacher focused events to further their learning in specialized areas of mental health and students.

1 Knowledge

2 Self-confidence & identity

3 Healthy relationships

4 Positive human qualities

5 Self management

Mental Health, Literacy, Brain

SEL: Gratitude, Compassion, Empathy, Resiliency, Altruism

Development, Digital and Media Literacy, Physical Well-being

6 Stress management

7 Positive motivation & growth

8 Social & environmental awareness

9 Responsible decision making

10 Purpose & positive contribution

Direct-to-youth programming

WEWell-being provides a variety of direct-to-youth programs (virtual and in-person), supporting youth in building skills and understanding in order to promote their own well-being and the well-being of others. These include: • Youth leadership summits focused in promoting well-being and creating safe and supportive environments for self and others • Virtual workshops, hosted from theWE Global Learning Center, in self-care and stress reduction

Executive Functioning

SOURCES: CASEL; CAMH and School Mental Health ASSIST common elements analysis of evidence-based SEL programs, 2016; Ryff, 2018.

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