WhyTry Program

Materials and Toolkit Overview

What is WhyTry?

The WhyTry Program is a flexible toolkit for teachers and counselors, as well as a structured curriculum that can be used in K-12 classrooms. WhyTry is also an approach to help teachers and counselors improve their ability to engage, motivate, and build resilience in students. Watch this brief video to learn more about our flagship program.

Looking for more details on how it works?

Watch this clip for details on how the WhyTry Program materials and toolkit can be used in your school.
(approx. 9 min)

10 WhyTry Learning Units

The WhyTry curriculum utilizes a series of ten visual analogies that teach essential life skills like:

  • Decision-making
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Emotional regulation
  • Having a resilient mindset
  • Peer influence & relationships
  • Problem-solving
  • Hard work & Determination
  • Responsibility and expectations
  • Relationship building
  • Self-efficacy

Success Stories

Lake Chelan School District

Learn how staff, administrators, and students all worked together to improve academic success by combining WhyTry with a peer support network.

Bismarck Public Schools

Learn how Wendy Bakken, a Speech Pathologist at Bismarck High School, uses WhyTry to engage and motivate any student.

Holly Rohrer

Behavior Intervention Specialist, Rudyard Area School District

“We’re a big promoter of PBIS. And because the WhyTry Program has strategies and interventions that align with our goals, we can use it to develop that positive mindset in our students. I feel like they really do combine well together….I think every PBIS school should have some kind of program like this.”

Ashley Wright

Counselor in Houston, TX

“When you can see the purpose of each WhyTry lesson and use the attention grabbers, music, and metaphors to reach the kids with targeted interventions, WhyTry can help you achieve your goals. We saw a significant decrease in the number of referrals.”

Beth Foster

Counselor, Amanda Gist Elementary

“I’m a teacher at heart, and having WhyTry in my toolkit gives me the flexibility to introduce main parts of the program in my guidance classes, and then I can pull in more content as the kids progress through different grades. It works seamlessly for me.”

The Power of Visual Metaphors

One of the most unique things about WhyTry is how we use visual metaphors to teach these important principles to students in a way they can understand and remember.  The powerful thing about using this visual approach is the way it takes abstract concepts and puts them into a context that students can understand through the use of a metaphor.  It essentially creates a language for educators to communicate the relevance of these things.

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