FLOURISH is a peer-led resilience program for high school and elementary aged students.
FLOURISH Leaders teach evidence-based techniques from 7 different “protective categories” of Mental Fitness, using engaging performing arts, mindfulness and creative arts activities. The high school Flourish Core students, then learn the techniques well enough to lead the exercises for elementary aged Flourish Kids.
Each meeting begins and ends with a “FLOURISH” — a series of short exercises that are conducted each week by EITHER the Leader or the Co-Chairs (or by individual students, when applicable). As students become more familiar with the exercises and the concepts, they tend to enjoy leading the FLOURISH activity which includes:
- A 5-minute mindfulness exercise – typically held at the first 5 minutes of the meeting.
- A paragraph or discussion topic for the day (this can include multi-media or video links)
- A discussion of self-care for the week – typically held at the last 5 minutes of the meeting.
In addition, there is a primary lesson or activity that is done at each workshop.
Flourish Leaders receive training from Mental Fitness staff. After completion of the training, they receive a binder of program exercises, handouts and materials to be used in their school.