There is a mental health crisis brewing amongst our youth. Nearly one in three adolescents (31.9%) will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder by the age of 18 . While school is in session, high school students are the single most stressed out population in the US. Youth depression and anxiety are rising at alarming rates. In 2016 an estimated 3.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. However, based on Dr. Bill Damon's research, we believe this is not simply because youth have too much to do it is also because they do not know why they are doing it. Without this deeper sense of "why" or internal compass, our youth will continue to suffer at epidemic rates.
Our vision is that all people have access to tools
to create lives of meaning and purpose.
Our toolkit is our contribution towards re-imagining adolescent education. Within it are the tools for our next generation to develop skills and wisdom to meaningfully contribute to our world. Our toolkit draws upon purpose development research, brain science, interviews with "purpose exemplars," and practices from native wayfinding traditions. Together these pieces make for a yearlong meaning-making journey that unleashes purpose in our students and enriches the lives of our educators.