About REACH club

"To truly change the world, you must first change the way the world is changed." Tomas

ana and kerri's research for parents, students and the broader community, led to creating multiple programs that work together, creating a triad of support. Parents were desiring information and tools to connect, which led to our letters, and students were desiring very similar resources but wanting it to adapt to their world as teens. With our research, we created curriculum for starting a REACH club, utilizing standards and recommendations from CASEL, ESSA, Making Caring Common, MBSR-T and current research on teens and what could be offered to create more resilience and balance.  The students at our piloted campus (Tomas' high school), jumped in and created a REACH club to meet the needs of their student body, that was inclusive to all students, all groups, clubs, etc. The welcomed addition of REACH to the campus has opened the door for numerous collaborations with others on campus, within the community and across the country. 

2018-19 REACH club Curriculum-"Strengthening Our Well-Being Muscles" 

Students Strengthen Their Well-Being Muscles by Gaining Life Skills:

  • Connecting with themselves
  • Connecting with other students 
  • Navigating the challenges of school/life
    • Building resilience and social emotional intelligence
    • Easing the worry about to-do lists 
    • Creating and nurturing relationships with peers and adults 
    • Managing expectations (own and others')
    • Meeting time & life demands 
    • Learning how to say no and not feeling over-committed
    • Maintaining a healthy life balance

 Students will:

  • Develop awareness and understanding of mental health and social emotional well-being issues (e.g. anxiety and depression)
  • Cultivate their own well-being and resilience 
  • Learn ways to navigate life as healthy and balanced students 
  • Create a safe space to talk about important issues
  • Promote a culture of caring on their campus
  • Focus on their purpose 

REACH club is modeling a program that can be created by students, for students of all ages, everywhere. It only takes one student at a time to make a difference!

Stress Tips & Meditation

De-Stress Tips 

  • Accept the things that are beyond your control 
  • Make time to do some deep breathing (it can help in seconds, but try a few minutes)
  • Take breaks to relax and recharge  
  • Reach out to people, open up and share your feelings
  • Set reasonable daily goals and expectations 
  • Try to get some regular daily exercise 
  • List some solutions and come up with a plan 
  • Take a step back to put a problem in perspective (think forest when you’re in the trees)
  • Deal with issues before they get bigger or become crises

Want more? This AWESOME handout gives practical tips for dealing with stress and panic attacks!

Mindful Breathing

Mindful Breathing 

(Greater Good, 5:31 mins)

Feeling stress? Feeling calm can be 5 minutes away.

3-minute Mindful Breathing Meditation to Relieve Stress

(Stop, Breathe & Think, 3:14 mins)

Meditation for Relaxation

Body Scan Meditation 

(Greater Good, 3 minutes) 

Extended Body Scan 

(UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, 45 minutes). Treat Yourself!

Mindfulness Meditation Apps


(includes music to help you relax, focus and sleep)

Insight Timer 

This app has thousands of free guided meditations


It’s a meditation app and their website is a great place to go to learn about meditation- both the science and the art of it.

Stop, Breathe & Think 

Helps you check in with what you are thinking and feeling and finds breathing exercises customized to your mood.

Change to Chill 

Includes something for everyone- meditation videos and audios with scripts included, coloring pages, and STRESS LESS, An Action Guide for Teens)

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Teen Depression

Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression

New research is revealing how to to protect teen's mental health during a challenging part of life. (GGSC, Jill Suttie, June 14, 2016)

Read the article

What Adolescents Really Need from Parents

In a Q & A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent. (GGSC, Jill Suttie, May 25, 2016)

Read the Article

What Do Teen's Emotions Feel Like?

A recent study investigates how we experience feelings across a lifespan. (GGSC, James MCConchie, July 24, 2018)

REad the article

Mayo Clinic: Teen Depression

Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Although depression can occur at any time in life, symptoms may be different between teens and adults. Visiting the website can offer valuable and current insight. 

Visit the Site

Parenting A Depressed Teenager

Start by listening without judgement, not trying to 'fix' her. (Child Mind Institute, Stephanie Dowd, PsyD)

Read the Article

The Rise of Teen Depression

In the past decade, the rise in clinical depression and anxiety among adolescents ages of 12-17 has gone up. As medical professionals seek to find the reasons, how can parents determine: When is it typical teen moods, and when is it something more? (Johns Hopkins Health Review, Fall/Winter 2017)

Read the Article

Character Strengths (VIA Classification of Character Strengths)

Why Do I Need to Know My Character Strengths?

Knowing your character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When skillfully applied, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you:

  • Buffer against, manage and overcome problems
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enhance health and overall well-being

Character Strengths

☺️How can we make someone's day?

(Left Brain Buddha, Sarah Rudell Beach, M.Ed)

  • We can put the phone down and converse with the person ringing up our groceries.
  • We can give a sympathetic “I’ve been there, too,” to the mom whose children are throwing a fit at Target.
  • We can ask our students or our coworkers or our hair stylists or our children’s dance teachers how their day is going -- and really mean it and truly listen to their answer!
  • We can be patient when waiting for others and gracious when waiting on others.
  • We can smile at a stranger.
  • We can listen more than we talk.
  • We can empathize more than we judge.

We have a choice every day whether we greet other people with a smile and genuine connection, or with rudeness and disengagement. CHOOSE to Be a Daymaker

the Beauty of the adolescent brain

Myths of the Adolescent Brain by Dan Siegel, from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation-May 23, 2018

A Few Things to Share From REACH

Self Awareness 

The Science of Character (A Cloud Film) 

Character Strength Research and Survey for Teens and Adults (VIA Institute on Character) Free Survey

The Purpose Challenge (Greater Good Science Center, Berkeley)

Why Are Teens So Stressed? 5 Reasons Teens Are More Stressed Than Adults

Start a Reach Club

Please download and fill out the Needs Assessment and Conversation Starter if you are interested in starting a REACH club.

Please email completed form to mindfulSLO@gmail.com