Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) at Cross Schools launched a three-day stress project to help their peers manage stress during exams week. On the first day of the project, THY members greeted their peers in the carpool lines with posters they designed that had positive messages. They also played festive music for the students and individually offered encouragement to their classmates. The theme of the day was, “You’ve Got This!” On the second day, THY invited pups to join them for “PAWS and Take a Breath”. As students arrived at school, the pets were there to interact with the students and help them destress before their exams. On the third day, THY launched “MINT to Succeed and EncourageMINT”. THY distributed THY Stress Fact Cards to students, parents, faculty, and staff as they arrived at school. THY reminded all at Cross Schools to stay positive and look for healthy ways to manage stress, rather than defaulting to unhealthy ways, like using drugs or alcohol. THY distributed over 400 stress fact cards and reached over 400 students in grades K-12 as well as parents, faculty, and staff members of Cross Schools. THY at Cross Schools is pleased with the success of their first project and look forward to working on more projects in their inaugural year to promote positive teen health.
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