Taking SEL to the next level:
The WhyTry PRogram
What is the WhyTry Program?
The WhyTry Program is a resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success.
The idea is straightforward: Teach social and emotional principles to youth in a way they can understand and remember. WhyTry is based on sound empirical principles, including solution-focused brief therapy, social and emotional intelligence, and multisensory learning.
The WhyTry curriculum utilizes a series of ten visual analogies that teach important life skills (e.g., decisions have consequences; dealing with with peer pressure; obeying laws and rules; plugging in to support systems).
The visual analogies are reinforced through the creative use of customized hip-hop music, video, over 150 learning activities, journal activities that help students reflect on program concepts, and other multimedia. The WhyTry curriculum engages all major learning styles (visual, auditory, and body-kinesthetic). WhyTry is often used for RTI and PBiS.
The WhyTry Program is currently at work in over 20,000 organizations in all 50 of the United States, as well as Canada, the UK, and Australia.
The WhyTry Program utilizes a flexible lesson plan that allows you to effectively teach program concepts in a ten-minute solution-focused therapy session or in an hour-long class. The program has been used in open and closed groups; it’s been incorporated into the daily lesson repertoire of teachers and as a ready-made toolkit in school counselors’ offices. The program fits into all three tiers of the RTI model, but is used primarily for Tiers 2 and 3.
The WhyTry Program has been effectively used as part of:
- Alternative ed programs
- Small group therapy
- Leadership Classes
- Credit Recovery courses
- After-school programs
- Solution-focused therapy sessions
WhyTry programs are led by thousands of professionals around the world:
- Teachers and special ed instructors
- School counselors and psychologists
- Social workers
- Probation officers
- Corrections staff
- After-school mentors
WhyTry has a customized curriculum for Corrections audiences. To learn more, click here.
The WhyTry Program uses a multisensory learning approach to teach social, emotional, and leadership principles to students of all learning types. This approach includes the use of a series of visual analogies to illustrate each WhyTry unit.
WhyTry offers two-day trainings to help teachers, administrators, and other youth advocates gain the tools they need to use the WhyTry Program in a real-life setting.
What’s the difference between the WhyTry Program and the Resilience Breakthrough for Youth Program? Use the chart below to know how to get started:
|Helps to motivate and re-engage students who may be struggling with challenges at home and in school||Mission / Purpose||Focus on the building blocks of resilience for all students|
|Tier 2 and Tier 3 focus, applicable in Tier 1||RTI Focus||Tier 1 focus, Applicable in Tier 2 and Tier 3|
10 Core units
6 Core units
|WhyTry is proven effective at increasing student resilience, motivating unmotivated students, increasing GPA, reducing drop out rates, improving social emotional health and reducing bullying and violent behavior.||Benefits for students||The Resilience Breakthrough for Youth helps all students to learn where resilience comes from, and how to strengthen their ability to access resilience and inner motivation in moments of difficulty and trial.|
|You can begin with a FREE introduction webinar and sample lesson. Sign up for an event in your area or by contacting us at 866-949-8791||Getting Started||You can begin with a FREE introduction webinar and sample lesson. Sign up for an event in your area or by contacting us at 866-949-8791|