The Jetstream Journal

Filed under Feature

Sources of Strength

Back to Article
Back to Article

Sources of Strength

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Sometimes finding a source of strength can be all you need to get you through a difficult situation. Luckily, here at Air Academy, one can find help identifying their sources of strength from students who were hand selected to join the Sources of Strength team.

Sources of Strength is a research based program with an important mission:

Anti-bullying and anti-suicide.

Derived from research, Sources of Strength  originated from the Dakota’s area and Indian reservations to help with their statistically high suicide rates.

It has since evolved, becoming a school-based program with Air Academy and District 20 being lucky enough to receive a grant for this special student campaign, allowing students to bring Sources of Strength to all District 20 high schools this last year, the 2017-2018 school year.

Sources of Strength is student led.

“We hand picked students to join our committee because we knew if we left it open that we would miss the wallflowers, the kids who don’t actually want to be a part of the club, all important groups of kids who we need to be a part of this so they can each reach their own niche,” says Assistant Principal Robin Koldenhoven.

These hand-selected kids attended a meeting where they learned about the different types of sources.

For example, friends, mentors, healthy activities, mental health access, and spirituality are all examples of a “source of strength.”

This student training was just the beginning for the Sources of Strength program at Air Academy.

“We are hoping to launch a messaging campaign to help kids connect. One way is posters. However, it’s more than that. We’ve joined with No Place for Hate. We’re putting together a candy heart campaign, where kids write what they’re thankful for on a notecard in exchange for candy, and a chain link campaign, where kids identify their current source of strength and write it on a colorful paper. The paper will then be ‘linked’ together to form a chain across the hall,” says Koldenhoven in regards to future plans.

At a minimum, Sources of Strength will be involved at Air Academy for another 2 years.

During this time, be sure to be on the lookout for fun new activities and different sources of strength.

Here is a link to the Sources of Strength website:

Home

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Sydney Grad, Reporter

Hello, it is me, your local soccer mom. My name is Sydney Grad and I love all things Chicago, unfortunately including the Bears. I am a four year varsity...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Left
  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    Makeup Trends Have Evolved: A Glance into Glamour

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    Help with Safe2tell

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    Holiday Toys: Old or New?

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    How Listening to Music can Improve your Health

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    Study Hall: Benefits of Unguided vs Guided

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    The Best Way to Spend a Snow Day

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    This Year’s Ski Season Might be One to Remember

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    Is it Soda or Pop?

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    Gym Class Can Help Extend Your Life

  • Sources of Strength

    Feature

    Random Acts of Kindness and the Impact They Make On Communties

Navigate Right
The student news site of Air Academy High School
Sources of Strength