The WhyTry? program teaches critical social and emotional life skills. It helps students answer the question . . . why try? Why should I put effort into life, school, or work? The WhyTry? strengths-based approach helps our students look at their challenges differently.
Reading, writing, and arithmetic are critical to the success of every student. But to motivate students to care about the old three R’s, WhyTry? uses the new three R’s: relationship, relevance, and resilience.
No program is effective on its own. To motivate our students, we need to get to know them, learn their names, and find out what makes them tick. Research shows that students who have a positive relationship with educators are more motivated to listen, engage, and show pro-social behaviors in the classroom. The WhyTry? curriculum has over 150 strategies we use to build relationships with all of our students.
If a student can’t see how the choices they are making today are having an impact on their future, they will struggle to answer the questions “why try?,” . . . “why should I put effort into school, into work, and into the important things in life?” They most likely don’t see the relevance of school. WhyTry? focuses on two areas related to relevance: 1. helping students see the “why” and 2. delivering our message in an engaging, relevant way.
The end goal of our program is to help increase resilience in students. We can’t always control the challenges that students face. We can, however, impact their ability to thrive amidst those challenges. At WhyTry?, we’ve found that the combination of strong relationships and relevant messaging is one of the best formulas for accomplishing this goal.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing our Parent Guide to Resilience free of charge. Help your family to grow closer and increase your resilience. To view the online guide, click below: