Coaching the Global Village, in partnership with the Youth Wellness Network, has been selected as one of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board service-learning grant recipients! The grant is for School Wellness Programs in 3-4 schools in Flagler County, Florida; and will be implemented beginning in November 2015, running through June 2016. This grant was one of the sixty-two grants funded out of more than 850 applications.
Schools will benefit from this full service mental health prevention and wellness program, implemented to help students, teachers and parents overcome the challenges associated with low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, depression, and manifestations exhibited in the behavior of bullying.
The purpose of a school wide wellness program:
- Decrease student stress levels
- Provide strategies for students to develop resiliency, self-esteem, positive mental and emotional health, etc.
- To prevent mental health challenges from developing into serious issues
- To promote an outlook focused on learning and growing instead of the pressure to produce results
- To create a new culture in the school focused around optimism and happiness
This is a train the trainer service oriented program where students are trained to become wellness leaders and are then tasked with the opportunity to create wellness initiatives in their school and community. The program kicks off with Michael Eisen, founder of the Youth Wellness Network delivering his keynote presentation to the entire school. This is followed by a wellness leader training program for a student team being chosen by staff and admin to become the school’s wellness team. For K – 6 schools, the student team would be composed of grades 4- 6 students. For middle and high schools the teams would be composed of students from each grade. Once the training is complete the students would be empowered to come up with initiatives to run in their own school throughout the year as well as organize a community Health and Happiness fair to be run in April/May that all participating schools and surrounding community will participate in. In addition the high school trained students will lead a workshop for the middle school students, and the middle school students will lead a workshop for the elementary students, creating a mentorship relationship between the teams at each school.
Once the students have been trained by Michael Eisen – Coaching the Global Village and Dr. Patrick Williams will provide additional support via local Life Coaches to the students throughout the year, keeping them motivated and working towards their goals, and ensuring they are executing their initiatives in their school and community. They will also be teaching the students additional tools and strategies that will help them optimize their performance as leaders.
Each school will also have access to a parent presentation on “Creating the Empowered Family”, a teacher workshop on “Empowered Education”, a yoga and mindfulness workshop for both students and teachers – and will also be given access to wellness equipment (yoga mats, books, etc.) as additional resources for the program.