Bringing emotional, physical, and mental health awareness and advocacy to students
Health through Outreach, Personal Perspectives, and Engagement (HOPE) brings emotional, physical, social and mental health awareness and advocacy to students in preschool through twelfth grades. As a partner with the school in instructing the child, HOPE conveys understanding and awareness of psychological and physical wellbeing. Students who participate in the program are equipped with tools to advocate for their own and their peers’ health.
HOPE is aligned to the American School Counseling Association Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success as well as Indiana Department of Education state standards. The program is tailored to meet the specific needs of each school and provides engaging activities, literacy components relative to each grade level, and discussion opportunities among students. Students may also participate in service-learning projects and hear from speakers who offer personal perspectives about mental illnesses and physical health.
HOPE includes curriculum related to:
- Emotions and feelings;
- Physical fitness and nutrition;
- Anti-bullying and friendship;
- Leadership and acceptance through the We Step Up workshop.
We Step Up is a leadership program designed to create a generation of individuals committed to standing up for respect of our differences by fostering an environment of acceptance. Students in eighth grade and above are trained and certified to facilitate this program, which utilizes a peer-to-peer model wherein students are teaching students about the importance of respect and compassion. The workshops can be tailored to best meet each school or organization’s needs.