Through a partnership between Allina Health and the Cambridge-Isanti School District, the high school will benefit from the Allina Health’s Change to Chill program for the 2018-2019 school year.
“Allina presented the school district with a fairly unique opportunity last spring to apply for a grant called Change to Chill,” explained Julie Williams, director of student support services during the Aug. 23 school board meeting. “It works as a preventative measure for students to help teens become more aware of the things that stress them out and equips them with different tools and resources to help them better manage stress and anxiety.”
The Change to Chill partnership was made available to one school in each region, and of those, nine schools were chosen to receive hands-on support from Allina.
Benefits of the program include train-the-trainer-type resources; lessons and resources for parents, educators and teens aimed at building resiliency through mindfulness, meditation, guided imagery and gratitude practice; as well as tools and resources to help students during crisis.
“The partnership fosters schoolwide efforts towards creating and nurturing a culture of mental well-being for the students and the staff,” Williams said. “We were excited to hear that Cambridge-Isanti High school was one of the schools chosen to receive this grant, and so now we will move forward to implementation.”
The school board was presented with a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 10-14 as Change to Chill Week in the high school.