Wellness Rooms

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Eligibility: Date of Birth

February 19, 2019

Date You Started Your Project Started

September 21,2019

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

We are trying to solve social anxiety, people feeling that they have no sense of purpose, stress, and the stigma that also goes along with mental health.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We are planning to solve this issue by creating a safe and comfortable environment for people to go to when they need to. We would do this by creating a wellness rooms where a counselor could come in and supervise the room. We would provide bookshelves, bean bags, couches, different lighting, and other materials such as a fish tank. With this, kids would have the ability to come in and decompress when needed. besides being able to come and talk to an adult students can also come in to talk to other students. This would help with the social anxiety aspect.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

This project was thought about after an I Matter summit in Monroe, Michigan. As youth we feel that mental health is something that people shy away from a lot of the time. With creating these rooms we felt that this would be a key component of how to solve/reduce the stigma. This idea was also created with the rise in school shootings. We are taking these rooms and trying to combat the root of the problem.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

A specific example of a person would vary. You can have youth sit in and talk to other peers while sorting out books and other items as well as taking care of the fish and tidying up.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

This would be a new program because it would be to the kids for the kids and by the kids. While having adult supervision in the room, we would be able to empower youth in the community by giving them the chance to run different components in the room. It gives a chance for kids to show adults what stigmas we feel are important to bring up and it does it in an environment that is safe.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

While just in the beginning stages of our project we have started to talk to our school board and getting permission for this. We have also started raising awareness by putting up posters full of sticky notes so that people are able to grab one and give it to someone they feel is down.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We would love to provide technology and other resources in the room to create a more helpful environment. We would also love to have this become a state wide project and then expand further from there. Not only just being able to have a room indoors but also to create an outside experience as well for people who prefer that.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Communications

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Sales

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Recommended by others
  • Article in the news
  • Email
  • Word of mouth

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Addy Battel

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 75%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 25%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 25%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 25%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 25%

1 - This entry is weak here - 25%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 25%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 25%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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Photo of Pari Latawa
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This is definitely an idea that has come to my mind as well! Schools should definitely incorporate these types of wellness rooms as a way to decompress and destress, especially when school is at its peak. This is super interesting and I love that you're putting it into action!

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Photo of Alivia Funchion
Team

Grace Messer thank you so much for the feedback! it was much appreciated. We just opened up our first room and it seems to be going very well thus far.

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Photo of Grace Messer
Team

That's amazing to hear, Alivia!! Congratulations!

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Photo of Grace Messer
Team

Hi Alivia, I love that you want to help others and create a safe space at school. I know that sometimes students (myself included) would go to the nurse when they were having a rough day as it is a calm, quiet environment with a few people to talk to and less stimuli. If you weren't physically ill though, this wasn't ideal. No one wants to take up space for the physically sick but there's no where for the emotionally and mentally exhausted to recharge.
If you were able to take a pass for a five minutes, like how you take a bathroom pass, I think that could significantly help students emotionally and academically. It would probably end up also being some people's favorite lunch oasis!(: I see how there could be some issues with this, as some people may want to abuse it to get out of class.
For me, I had chronic migraines and as a result was on the "chronic" list. Basically this means a doctor had told the school that this was real, and if I needed to go to the nurse then the teacher couldn't stop me. Implementing something similar for students who need unrestricted access may be a possibility worth considering.
I hope that some of those ideas help to further inspire you in creating a safe place. I'm so chuffed to know that there are people like you looking for ways to make a difference. I would love it if you took a look at my idea. Mine is focused on creating a safe and inclusive place where people can have fun and grow together. I love constructive feedback!!