Sources of Strength is an organization whose mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse. They accomplish this by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders (students) and caring adults (teachers) to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help, and strength. Sources of Strengths vision is the believe that many strengths are more powerful than one, and their united goal is to activate and mobilize these strengths in ways that positively change individuals and communities!
Humanex Academy received a grant in March 2018 to participate in the Sources of Strength program and the Peer Leaders created a space for all students to have an open conversation about Sources of Strengths. Here are some of the “Challenges” they worked on along with the activities they participated in or visuals they used to post their ideas around Humanex.
Strengths to Grow Challenge: Students had empty pots to “plant” the strengths they wanted to grow. The visual was an planting pot with strengths they wanted to grow.
Spring Break Challenge: Students chose areas from the Source of Strengths Wheel that they wanted focus on and “fill up” over Break. The visual of empty pitchers with their names on it and included their strengths.
Thankfulness Challenge: Students started with the subject, “I am thankful for….” and wrote down three items. The fun visual theme was “Donut worry, Be grateful” with donut shaped floaties hung up around their lists.
Fall into Friends Challenge: To kick off the school year, students wrote down one quality they bring to a friend and one quality they look for in a friend on different leaves. The leaves were then used to decorate trees in autumn around the school.
Supporting the Struggles in our Lives Challenge: One student wanted the Challenge to represent how each student supports the strength in the struggles each one faces in his/her own life.
Positive Friend Challenge: Humanex had an apple cider cart available with mugs. Students got to sit down with a hot mug of apple cider to talk about what it means to be a positive friend.