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Growing Up D205
November 18, 2019 | Bryan Middle School
What is it like to be a high school student in an high performing school district? York High School students joined forces with counselors and mental health professionals for a moderated discussion about growing up in Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. The audience of parents, students, and educators shared in the observations and lessons learned throughout our students’ school careers, the support they need to thrive, and their hopes and dreams for the future.
Thrive D205 School & Community Wellness Partnership is a new initiative launched by Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. The effort is designed to start a community conversation and create a subsequent plan to better understand, support and reduce the stress levels among students in our school community.
This latest community engagement session is sponsored by the Thrive D205: School and Wellness Community Partnership. Event sponsors include: Elmhurst D205, D205 PTA Council, D205 Foundation, City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth, Elmhurst Rotary Club, Elmhurst Lions Club, and Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation.
Growing Up D205 Presentation
Angst: The Movie
October 28, 2019 | York High School Auditorium
The Thrive D205 School and Community Wellness Partnership presented the movie Angst, at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 28 in York Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. Event sponsors included Elmhurst D205, D205 PTA Council, D205 Foundation, City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth, Elmhurst Rotary Club, Elmhurst Lions Club, and Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation
Angst is an hour-long film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The movie features interviews with kids and young adults who cope with anxiety. Mental health experts also are interviewed about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects.
A Q&A session with local mental health professionals followed the movie. Event was free and open to the public. Many parents attended with their children, grades 6-12, as families were encouraged to share in the experience together.
How to Raise an Adult
September 23, 2019 | York High School
ELMHURST, IL - As a kickoff to its Thrive D205 School & Community Wellness Partnership, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 presented How to Raise an Adult with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims to a packed gym of York student and standing-room only crowd of parents in York Commons on Monday night (September 23, 2019).
The evening was free, open to the community, and designed to start a community conversation about the growing stress levels in students and the support needed to help them at home and school.
In her talk, based on her New York Times bestselling book by the same name, Julie draws on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims inspires audiences to examine their behaviors and join the growing movement to allow children to develop the resourcefulness, resilience, and inner determination necessary for success.
Dr. Lythcott-Haims spoke to York students Monday afternoon and gave them these pieces of advice to live a healthy and fulfilled life:
1) Be kind
2) Pitch in
3) Try hard
4) Learn to think and do for yourself
5) Widen your blinders when it comes to college
6) Study what you love
In her evening address with parents, she debunked the myths of collegiate acceptance and success like:
Getting Straight A's
Overloading on Advanced Placement Classes
Using High School and College Rankings to Guide College Prep or Selection Choices
If you missed Dr. Lythcott-Haims' talk, please see her presentation slides below this overview.
Read a synopsis of How to Raise an Adult