The goal  of the I am more than my grades project is to start a conversation about mental health and wellness among teens  in high achieving schools, and  to highlight and support efforts towards positive change.

The Problem: Teens in high achieving schools are at risk for high levels of chronic stress that can affect their health and well being.  Levels of anxiety and depression are on the rise in teens all over the USA but especially in high achieving communities. Youth suicide rates are on the rise in the U.S. Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among young Americans age 15 to 24 (National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The solution:  There's no one easy answer but  we hope that we can be a part of the solution by talking about the problem and helping to move the needle from a hyper focus on  grades and college resumes, to a broader definition of a successful student and successful adult.

More information can be found in these resources:

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Podcast episodes: 

·       Research: Privileged but Pressured? A Study of Affluent Youth, ResearchGate, September 2002, Suniya Luther, Bronwyn Becker

ORGANIZATIONS:​

  • Challenge Success is a nonprofit with this mission: Challenge Success partners with schools, families, and communities to embrace a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning. On the website, they have research papers and great resources for students, schools and parents

  • Girls Leadership is another nonprofit working specifically with girls: "We equip girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice.We structure our work around four central values: Authentic Communication, Courageous Growth, Equity, and Play."

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