Adolescent Wellness, Inc. (AWI) 
Interact certified
At the Wellesley HS, Tom DeRiemer of Rotary certifies the teen club launching the international wellness project with Interact officers Nathan Chiu, Teddy Sevilla, Nicole Frontero, Matthew Keep
AWI Newsletter
November, 2014 

In This Issue
- Did you know?
- Project volunteers
- Ponce TTT
- Dorado TTT
- San Juan TTT
- Hato Rey TTT
- Curriculum
- AWI Volunteers

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Thanksgiving is awesome - it forces me to be aware of good things happening in life. An example in my family is that my older son and daughter-in-law are hosting the celebration this year. I am grateful for the extra time this gives my wife, Nancy, and me with them and with our younger son. 


In my work, AWI has partnered with the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology    (MSPP) and Rotary to fund and deliver the Rotary International Wellness Project, which will improve kids' knowledge, attitude, and behavior (or skills) related to their mood and wellness. It was launched concurrently here in Massachusetts and in Puerto Rico. I am grateful to Dr. Nadja Reilly (Associate Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at MSPP) who designed and delivered the program, in English and Spanish, at four schools! I am also grateful to the former Secretary of Health for Puerto Rico, Dr. Johnny Rullan, for assuming the role of project manager; he coordinates with Dr. Reilly, the schools and the Rotary clubs in that country as I do here.


The wellness project content is innovative, shifting away from waiting for kids to get sick to instead give every healthy kid better mood awareness and regulation.    Every 22 kids practicing better coping skills prevents 1 case of depression. This is important because depression is the #1 cause of disability worldwide; depression is also the most common factor in suicide.


The delivery is also innovative, where kids can access content directly as well as through teen mentors, parents, educators, and health care providers. Content is available for:

Please mark your calendar for Jan. 22, when Dr. Reilly will speak at the AWI Winter Blues event (6-8pm, Wellesley College Club) to share an update on the RotarInternational  Wellness Project. I am also delighted that a teen mentor will speak about the work of INTERACT and that Dr. David DeMaso, the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Boston Children's Hospital speak about a key element of prevention, self-awareness. An event not to be missed! 
I do not know if my new friends from Puerto Rico will come to Wellesley  to experience our Winter Blues but I hope  everyone near Boston will join me (click here for details).


I hope you enjoy a terrific Thanksgiving!


-Bob Anthony, President

Did you know...


... you can increase grit at any age?  

Activities are now available for every age child to  build grit, or resilience, by exercising coping skills  to help prevent anxiety and  depression. AWI surveyed educators and presented on the recommended resources to middle school wellness coordinators and to professional groups at the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association. The resource listing is available and presented by these age groups:

  • Newborn and new parents
  • Pre-k
  • Elementary grades
  • middle school
  • grade 8 and above

Click here to download the resource list 

Wellness Project volunteers from Rotaract, Rotary & Interact clubs

The college age club affiliated with Rotary is called Rotaract. Five members of the Babson College Rotaract club are helping with the project (Jonathon  Kohlmeier, Bernardo Moreno and Katherine Will; not pictured are Kali Diamond and Josh Boutin).


Wellesley club receives banner from San JuanThe Rotary Club of Wellesley president, Mitch Freeman, received a banner from the Rotary Club of San Juan. Mr. Freeman is flanked on his left by wellness project volunteers Michael Stedman and Fred Wright and on his right by Nora Pou, John Adams, Vin Spoto  and Bob Anthony. 


Interact first meets in library
The club affiliated with Rotary for ages 12-18 is called Interact. Over 20 teens from 4 communities - Dover, Natick, Wellesley and Weston - volunteered to mentor at middle schools and youth groups at   congregations, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Scouts, etc.


The Interact teens active in the wellness project are:

Harman Bharj
Jason Canaday
Thomas Capozzi
Nathan Chiu
Nicole Frontero
Bobby Georgenes
Fadeth Gomez
Elizabeth Heffernan
Ally Isley
Matthew Keep
Joey Kinyanjui
Hannah Lee
Michaela McTague
David Michael
Jessica Mosher
Teddy Sevilla
Emily Shedd
Cypress Smith
Noah Stein
Matthew Tom
Alyssa Walton

Liceo Ponceno hosts train-the-trainer (TTT) on Break Free From Depression


On November 7, faculty from Liceo Ponceno and graduate students from the Ponce School of Medicine participated in a three-hour workshop in preparation for implementing the Boston Children's Hospital curriculum. 

El Liceo Ponceno train the trainer

The campus training was organized by Jorge Vazquez (in blue blazer), the District 7000 Rotary Foundation chair, and Mildred  Pereles (in stripe top)  the President of the Perla Del Sur Rotary Club. Mildred is the Vice-Principal of Liceo Ponceno.


We were brought over the mountains to the campus  during a tropical rain storm by Jorge Gonzalez (in orange shirt), the President of the San Juan Rotary Club. In addition to island driving, he also introduced me to snorkeling the phosphorescent  water of La Parguera, DonQ Anejo rum, and Alto Grande coffee.

TASIS Dorado hosts TTT on Break Free From Depression

TASIS Dorado hosts train-the-trainer workshop
Nadja Reilly, PhD, at TASIS Dorado
The Rotary Club of Dorado organized the consulting and workshop with the TASIS Dorado school leaders. 14 faculty members participated in the workshop. The school will invite Interact teens to train as peer mentors and co-facilitators. 

Robinson hosts TTT on Break Free From Depression

Hospital San Juan Capestrano
Hospital San Juan Capestrano leaders participate
The Rotary Club of San Juan helped organized the workshop on the Robinson School campus. Senior leaders from the mental health provider Hospital San San Capestrano joined with consulting psychologist  Nadja Reilly and 28  faculty members on November 10. Last week, teen mentors practiced with the faculty curriculum modules to co-facilitate.

Commonwealth hosts Break Free From Depression trainers

Commonwealth Robotics program
Commonwealth School robotics competitors
Dr. Rullan and Ray Erb of the Rotary Club of San Juan met Nadja Reilly, PhD, and Bob Anthony at the Commonwealth campus to consult with school leaders preparing to implement the curriculum.


Break Free From Depression increases adolescents' awareness of mood and how to regulate it. It gives them strategies for finding help and offers supplemental activities to enhance grit/coping skills. 
Since 2012, over 11,000 USA students have improved Mood, Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior through the curriculum, with over 50 schools participating. 
AWI volunteers


The people who make it happen; we are very grateful to the current AWI volunteers listed below:
  • Bob Anthony - President
  • Anthony Schweizer - Chair
  • Calvin Place - Director, Winter Blues co-host
  • Chip Douglas - Director
  • Roberta Boylen - Winter Blues co-host
  • Kathy Curley
  • Lisa Siegel - teen mentors
  • Carrie Sandstrom - SADD mentor representative
  • Youth Advisory Board members
  • Cindy Hurley - Wellesley HS counselor
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