A Peacemaking Project by Kaitlyn T.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Teens are experiencing high levels of negative stress, physical, and emotional pain without having the tools and knowledge to manage it.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of the lack of support and education regarding stress and pain management in high school students
we will address their lack of knowledge, resources, and support
by -identifying student, teacher, or staff "Calm Kit Champions" (CKCs) at 10 high-schools -train CKCs to help students make Calm Kits at their schools with all of the necessary materials that will be given to them -provide education about stress and pain management to CKCs so they can share it with others -hold monthly zoom meetings with CKCs to educate and plan further outreach
Our Project Plan:
- Increase support and education regarding healthy non-pharmacologic ways of managing stress and pain in high-school students
We will increase my / our compassion by...
-giving people materials to make Calm Kits who would usually not be able to purchase these types of distraction and relaxation materials -helping people who may be suffering or struggling with stress and/or pain
How will you show courage?
-by talking to possible Calm Kit Champions (CKC) from different high-schools, telling them about this project, and asking them if they would like to be a CKC -by talking about difficult and controversial topics -by fighting for the right for students to have education about how to manage stress and pain in healthy ways
How will you collaborate with others?
-by identifying students, teachers, or staff CKCs at 10 high-schools -teaching CKC about Calm Kits -meet with CKC monthly
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
-identifying 10 CKCs who have agreed to work on this project with me -training CKCs how to make Calm Kits and do basic education -following-up with all of the CKC to see how many Calm Kits teens made at their schools -get feedback from CKCs about the responses of the students to the Calm Kits
- -Call high-school counselors and ask them to help identify possible Calm Kit Champions at their school (hopefully teens)
- -Purchase supplies for the Calm Kits
- Write the instruction manual for how to make Calm Kits
- -Write an educational brochure about healthy ways to manage stress and non-pharmacologic ways of managing pain
- -Communicate with the CKCs to set-up a meeting to teach them how to make the Calm Kits and distribute them
- -Distribute materials to the CKCs
- -Schedule and hold monthly zoom meetings to see how the progress is going and also discuss ways of expanding the program
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
I learned more about the injustice because I did research on stress management in students so that I could include scientific evidence on the handout that went with the kits.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
In 8 high schools throughout Colorado, students received calm kits. From reports of the calm kit champions, students were seen using them around the school and so information was likely shared with friends. I included the Mental Health Crisis text line which is confidential and I don't know if people used it but I hope that if anyone needed to, they would use it. I talked to people who came to an open house at a non-profit medical clinic where I told them about my calm kits and they were able to make de-stress balls. They said they would pass along the information that they learned. Everyone in Colorado who read the article that was on the 1st and 2nd pages received information about stress management and pain management through the use of distraction and relaxation techniques.
How many people were impacted by your project?
In addition to those directly impacted, are there additional people you feel were indirectly indirectly impacted or reached? If so, how many? (This might include people who read about your project, families of people that attended your workshops or received services, etc.)
I gave out 100 Calm Kits at 10 high schools, and am guesstimating that each student shared the information with at least one other person.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
I got feedback from people saying that they really liked the calm kits and that it helped with their stress and also with pain management. They learned a lot of new things and will continue to use the calm kits for a long time.
What did your team learn?
It is hard to connect with students from other schools directly since school staff can't give out their contact information.
What challenges did your team overcome?
Connecting with interested students.
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
I found 9 Calm Kit Champions who are high school students who took the Calm Kits to their schools and helped educate the other students and distributed the kits. I have their contact information and can reach out to them in the future.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
Do something that you are passionate about. This was a project that I am very passionate about and I feel like it turned out really well. I hope I get a chance to make it even bigger. Thank you!!! Sincerely, Kaitlyn Tollefson- Berthoud High School