K to A: Activate School-Wide Inclusion
Activate School-Wide Inclusion was an initiative implemented by Unity Composite High School to promote a positive school climate and inclusion. They hosted speakers and had presentations about building and maintaining friendships. Additionally, they enhancing their after-school group for youth who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or challenges at home. The initiative also included creating a “calm room” where students could go to self regulate or calm themselves during times of stress or anxiety.
The program organizers saw an increase in students using counseling supports through the school; and there was a subsequent increase in the number of students referred to mental health services to help with treatment. Additionally, through the initiative, families become more aware of these supports available to their children.
Regarding the “calm room,” according to an informal usage checklist, the room was in use utilized 70% of the school day; in addition to before and after school.