WhyTry is an organization that helps individuals develop resilience. The WhyTry school curriculum gives educators resources to help them work with students in developing important skills and knowl- edge related to, problem solving, improved ability to deal with ad-
versity and fostering resilience, seeing the relevance of school, and increased motivation towards academic success. These skills are taught with practical tools that teachers are able to use to engage
students in a way they can understand and remember.


Classroom lessons and activities

Lessons will include 8 units that will introduce the meaning and foundations of resiliency.
Students will learn how to use existing resources to build skills in resiliency to better equip them with the social and emotional tools needed to deal with conflicts in life and cope with adversity.


Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers will be invited to speak to the youths to show support, empower, and motivate youths.
Speakers will be community leaders, mentors, professionals in law enforcement, and mental health experts.



WhyTry helps participants develop a greater appreciation for relationships with family and friends as well as teachers and counselors. They also demonstrate an in- creased motivation toward responsibility, goal-setting, and improved attitude in work- ing toward those goals.


8 WhyTry Learning Units


Introducing Resilience

Introducing Resilience: In this unit students will learn the meaning of Resilience which is the ability to bounce back when you have every reason to shut down – but you fight on! Students will also learn about the tapped and untapped reserves resilient people have, enabling them to overcome and thrive as they face the setbacks, challenges, and fears of daily life.


Emotional Fuel

Emotional Fuel: In this unit students will learn that both positive and negative emotions can be used as fuel. Students will also learn that negative emotions are not always bad, it depend on how they choose to use it. Regardless of whether they experience more positive or more negative emotions througout the day, they can
draw energy and resilience from both.


Street Resilience

Street Resilience: In this unit students will learn that with street resilience they can take the pain of disrespect, social inequality, discrimination, and regret and use it as fuel to propel them
forward. Students will learn how hurt, and anger can be used toward a cause or productive outcome in their personal lives.


Rock Bottom Resilience

Rock Bottom Resilience: In this unit students will learn that rock bottom resilience means that when you’re at your lowest point, you
believe in your ability to change your circumstances, combat hopelessness, and fight on. Students will learn that rock bottom
resilience also means to take control of the present, knowing that losing in the past does not equal losing in the future, and to believe
in potential unforeseen options even during difficult times.


Flipping the Switch

Flipping the Switch: In this unit students will learn that they have power over how they choose to respond to difficult situations. They will learn that everyone has a switch which enables them to see their challenges differently and convert anger into fuel to be better.


Relational Resilience

Relational Resilience: In this unit students will learn what it means to have relational resilience which is when your greatest motivation to make good decisions, put more effort into life, and not
give up is the knowledge that others depend on you. Students will also learn how to identify their support systems and the value in using their interactions with others to both receive and give resilience.


Resource Resilience

Resource Resilience: In this unit students will learn that resource resilience Resource Resilience means you maximize your talents,
mindset, abilities, relationships, money, physical assets, and personality traits. Students will also learn that everyone, including them, have undeveloped talents that we can learn and use in the future.


Motivation Formula

Motivation Formula: In this unit students will learn that they can take their challenges and channel them into positive motivation: first to better themself, and then to turn outward and help others.


What do we mean by resilience?

Simply put, we know that anyone can develop skills and strategies to tap into different sources of resilience in order to bounce back and thrive in the face of the challenges every young person faces.


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The Why Try Youth Program and its facilitators are committed to providing a high-quality resilience building program that helps youth learn the skills needed to cope with adversity and manage responses to conflict.

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