Wellness basketball program

In 2019, Aspire for Higher received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada under the Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund. With this funding, we created a comprehensive curriculum to educate Black boys in grades 7⁄8 on mental wellness. This curriculum consists of a competitive basketball league and wellness learning sessions that occur twice a week over the course of 12 weeks.

 

Due to current COVID-19 regulations, the first cohort of this program will be completely virtual and will run from the week of January 10th to the week of April 3rd. Participants will have two, 1- hour virtual learning sessions per week and will receive a $200 honorarium for their participation.

 

Information will be collected from participants regarding their current knowledge of the curriculum topics and their experience in the program. 

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The topics included in the curriculum are:


● Intro to coping mechanisms

● Critical Thinking

● Healthy Relationships
● Mindfulness/Meditation

● Active Listening

● Anxiety 101
● Reflection/Journalling

● Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution

● Depression 101
● Communication, Part 1

● Goal Setting

Participation Requirements:

  • Self identify as Black

  • Male

  • In Grade 7 or 8

  • Willing to participate in surveys and focus groups about their experience in the program