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Our purpose is to provide teenagers and young adults with the tools they need to recognize the importance of their wellbeing. We hope to co-learn with them as we challenge and inspire them to discover their own path, and unlock their personal potential as they help us understand more about one another. We all have been living in a pandemic and the ability we have to emerge stronger and more mentally healthy is within us all. Similarly, we are helping students develop a strong sense of belonging even though they have often been isolated in a variety of ways. This is an intergenerational approach guiding all of us to help one another along the pathway to well-being.

Our history...A few steps back in time: Since mid-2020, many teenagers, young adults and their teachers have been traumatized by COVID 19. They have felt isolated and angry and experienced fear and sadness. Some have reached out to others to express these feelings. Many have not. There is a need to help teenagers and educators across the globe examine their feelings and reduce and/or prevent emotional problems and build strong mental health during and after this pandemic. The need is focused on teenagers but in order to improve their mental health, educators must recognize their own needs and pursue their own personal wellbeing. The Board: The Board is made up of 15 individuals who have a variety of backgrounds, Special Education, School Psychology, Engineering, Artistic Designer, IT personnel, University Professors, Ph.D students and Founder of Romanian School. The members represent several countries - the United States, Romania, Britain, Poland, Cameroon and many who represent their own foundations. (A list of individuals is available upon request).

6 Feet Apart Initiative

The Peer Training Program: “6 FT. Apart”/"The Student Within” is a unique means of personal growth for teenagers who have lived during COVID 19. This experience includes a book for teenagers written by teenagers; a website and platform with a virtual “MYNDELAB”, where they preserve their stories, interpret and display art, explore culture and scientific data, play educational games about the pandemic and help teenagers across the globe deal with their mental health issues during and after COVID. The teens are creating a team building model that can be integrated into classrooms to build a sense of belonging focusing on positive psychology, positive strengths, and respect and kindness; and a study guide for parents and teachers filled with mindfulness techniques to reduce stress.

Teacher Within Workshops

The Teacher Training Program: “The Teacher Within": A Mindful Journey Toward Well-Being for Teachers in the 21st Century. A training program for educators (Happy Teachers) based on mindfulness, resilience and well-being. It’s focus is on intergenerational connections between teachers and students, the role modeling teachers play in the education field and the need to teach from the heart. This book will also be used for peer educators to train them so that they are equipped to teach the cognitive and social- emotional skills in “6 Feet Apart”/”The Student Within”. It is written by Susan Shapiro both in English and Romanian. “MYNDELAB” - The Web and Platform Program: This platform is designed by Adrian Fisher, Mazemaker, and CODEX, a Romanian based IT company. They, along with the Board of Mental Health professionals, are creating a one of a kind interactive laboratory where students can explore their emotions and create safe practices and interact as they gain information to improve their mental health. concerns about COVID’s impact on youth and families. It follows here: As the coronavirus spread around the world, some 76 million people reported anxiety problems brought on by the pandemic, a 26% increase from 2019 to 2020, according to research published in the Lancet journal. Based on data from 48 studies, encompassing 204 countries and territories, the researchers determined that this pandemic-inspired increase brought the global total for anxiety disorders to 374 million people. Women were affected more often than men, and younger people (especially those in their early 20s) more often than older people. Overall, the numbers increased the most in countries hit hardest by the pandemic, most likely affected by such things as business and school closures, social restrictions, job losses, money problems and more. The pandemic’s impact on mental health worldwide, according to the research, also included about 53 million new cases of depressive disorder in 2020 attributed to the pandemic. That represents an increase of 28% from the preceding year, bringing the global total of those affected by depression to 246 million people. The researchers noted that “emerging evidence” indicates that the pandemic may be having a similar effect on other health issues, such as eating disorders, furthering the need to strengthen mental health care in most countries. “Taking no action to address the burden of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders should not be an option,” (Searing, L. The Washington Post, October 19,2021.) Recognizing the impact on youth, the focus will be on youth, their educators and parents, both in Romania, Poland other countries and the United States as noted below: The Target Audience: Teenagers (students), parents and educators can benefit from this program. Schools within the United States and across the globe will be targeted. The network is in place in several countries and programs are now being implemented. A curriculum written by the peers with the assistance of the mental health consultants on the Board will accompany the program so trained peer educators and other educators can implement it directly into classrooms. The Impact: The goal is to impact the mental health of as many teens, educators and parents that focuses both on the positive aspects of the struggle with trauma and provides assistance to those who are coping with challenges. The team will not offer psychological services. The foundation and board will provide references to schools and support the teen effort to make this a unique teen-to-teen experience.

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Tapestry Intergenerational Education Foundation

A 501(c)(3) Public Charity

EIN 87-0816351