Description of AWI projects in collaboration with Rotary
Our collaboration with Rotary started in Wellesley, Massachusetts
Rotary sponsors community Interact clubs for ages 12 - 18. When the Interact club for Wellesley was launched, it adopted the
Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention (PLDP) project. For the first time, the entire freshman grade at Wellesley high school - over 300 students - completed the full curriculum. More than a dozen Interact peer leaders co-facilitated so that small group discussions were possible, allowing each freshman to address healthy stress management and symptoms of depression, including suicidal ideation. Pre-and post-curriculum surveys confirmed very positive outcomes so the program should continue each year.
Interact clubs in Puerto Rico Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention
Over 50 schools use the Boston Children's Hospital
Break Free From Depression curriculum selected by the Interact clubs. The first three schools in Puerto Rico elected to use the peer leader co-facilitation model introduced by the Rotary Clubs of San Juan, El Vigia and Dorado. The outcomes are included in a 'PLDP in a Box' in its project Procedure Manual.
The Rotary club of Brookline is co-sponsoring a teen wellness workshop
Several community organizations partnered - congregations, Urban Improv, the Brookline Teen Center - to deliver a Sunday afternoon workshop for youth in g
rades 7 and older.
Click here for workshop details.
Interact peer leaders from the Wellesley club will co-facilitate the
Brookline workshop and attendees will be invited to launch their
ract club in
The program can be replicated anywhere. For more information, contact a local Rotary club and ask about replicating the Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention project launched by Interact members in district 7910.