Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder, braver world. That mission is only possible when students have access to the information, support, and resources they need to foster their mental and emotional health. That’s why Born This Way Foundation is supporting students and teachers with a 3X Match on 7-12th grade Student-led projects (and a 2X match on teacher-led projects, for younger grades and classrooms where Student-led projects may not be ideal) that give students the resources they need to be mentally and emotionally healthy. Teachers: this is your students’ opportunity to show you exactly what they need--and students, now’s your chance to request the resources or experiences you know will be a positive improvement for your class’ mental and emotional wellbeing.
New to Student-led projects? We’ve got you covered with this FAQ to help you get started thinking about Student-led projects with your 7-12th grade classroom.
All eligible submissions will also be reviewed with Born This Way Foundation’s Mental and Emotional Wellness Rubric (below) for the chance to win one of five $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift cards! Review the rubric below with your students to give your project the best chance at receiving one of these rewards. We’ll announce the winners here in early 2018.
Here’s how to qualify:
- You teach 7-12th grade students who have expressed interest in particular resources or tools to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing.
- Enter the campaign code BORNTHISWAY when you create your project.
- Select “Student-led” as your project type.
- Work with your students to request resources or experiences they want to improve their emotional and mental wellbeing.
- Keep your total project goal under $500, including taxes, fees, and the suggested donation to support DonorsChoose.org.
- In your essay, describe the positive impact these resources will have on your student's’ mental and emotional wellness. Follow the rubric below for extra guidance.
If your project meets the criteria above, you should see the match offer applied to your project as soon as it’s approved and live on the site (however, it won’t appear during Friends and Family Pre-funding). We’ll also review submissions that don’t include the campaign code above once a week. New donations will be matched two-to-one as long as funding remains.
Need inspiration? Start here!
- Born This Way Foundation and the Benenson Strategy Group collaborated on a survey to better understand how a young person’s mental health is impacted by their relationships and environments, finding a strong correlation between kindness and mental wellness. Learn about it here.
- The National Institute of Mental Health and MentalHealth.gov offer a variety of resources for educators and students focused on the brain and mental health.
- CASEL and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence are great sources for resources and information about Social and Emotional Learning.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a wealth of information and resources focused on helping children cope with trauma.