Our Programs

There are four components to Adam’s Apples Foundation programming, all offered to students free-of-charge.

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What we offer

The Apple Program

At the “core” of our foundation is the Apple Program, currently operating in 30 locations across the Lower Mainland. Apple Bowls are filled daily and students are encouraged to “take two” – one for themselves, and one for a friend, and start a conversation. This simple concept facilitates face-to-face connection in a tech-driven world where youth are more disconnected than ever, facilitating a safe and inclusive space for youth to feel supported by their peers and create meaningful connections. According to Dr. Muffy Greenaway, “although it may seem simple, the impact of one apple, leading to one connection, can be a turning point for one student who is struggling”.

30

Locations

100,000

Apples Annually

400,000

Students Impacted Annually
What we offer

Core Connector Initiative

The Core Connector Initiative is a mental health literacy program developed in partnership with Adam’s Apples Foundation and the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education: Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma.

The module-based program is facilitated by UBC Master’s level practicum students under the supervision of senior doctoral-level psychologists. The CCI is designed to help youth gain peer support competencies and mental health knowledge.

It aims to reinforce positive help-seeking behaviors in schools by working with a group of youth to take leadership in addressing mental health concerns in their school.

Next Core Connector Initiative: May 15 & 16, 2020
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14

Modules

120

Core Connectors

$1500

In Scholarships Awarded
Core Connector initiative #1

Mental Health Literacy

  • Understanding how to obtain and maintain good mental health.

  • Understanding mental disorders and their treatments.

  • Decreasing stigma.

  • Enhancing Help Seeking.

Core Connector initiative #2

Peer Support Competencies

Students are trained in the basics of listening skills, empathy, and peer support strategies.

Core Connector initiative #3

Resource Promotion & Stigma Reduction

Core Connectors learn about appropriate and available mental health resources and how to reduce stigma around mental health issues, which they are encouraged to promote in their schools under the direction of a school facilitator.

Core Connector initiative #4

Youth-led Programming & Leadership Development

At the heart of CCI is the acknowledgment of the knowledge and expertise of youth and the focus on empowering youth to take leadership in supporting their school communities.

Following completion of the program, students develop an action plan specific to their school that focuses on some aspect of mental health knowledge/support, which is then implemented under the direction of their Principal and school facilitator.

All students who have successfully completed the CCI program are eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship from AAF towards post-secondary education.

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Our team

Youth Council

Adam’s Apples Youth Council members are successful CCI participants who will apply the skills they have learned to their schools to help reduce stigma and encourage peer-to-peer support. The AAYC’s mandate is to provide Adam’s Apples Foundation with feedback on the concerns facing youth today as well as help facilitate the practices of AAF in their schools.

Ally MacLachlan

Adam’s sister, Ally, is a Psychology student at the University of British Columbia, a co-founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation, and the director and founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation Youth Council. Her passion for improving mental health literacy began when she was in high school, as she saw how the stigma surrounding drug addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses forced many students to suffer in isolation.

Tess Blake

Tess is a grade 12 student at West Point Grey Academy. She plans to study psychology next year to further pursue her passion in mental health, along with gender & feminist studies. She recognizes the importance of mental health advocacy, specifically with regards to youth, and as a result is so honoured to be a part of the Adam’s Apples Youth Council. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer, do yoga, meditate, and try new vegan restaurants in Vancouver with her friends!

Annalisa Turner

Annalisa Turner is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a degree in History. She now works for The Humphrey Group as a Client Services Coordinator where she creates a transformational learning experience for her clients through the successful coordination of courses. With The Humphrey Group, she is in charge of their working relationship with Dress for Success. Outside of work, Annalisa has been working with children ages 3-12 for over ten years.

Lauren Tonello

Lauren is currently studying mathematics and commerce at the University of British Columbia,while pursuing a career in marketing analytics for startups and non-profits. Her passion forempowering youth and working with them to face mental health issues stems from herinvolvement with organizations such as WE Day, One Girl Can, and nwPlus, that all focus onproviding equal educational opportunities for youth and empowering them througheducational events and programs.

Kady Goertzen

Kady is currently in grade 10 at West Point Grey Academy. She became a part of Adam’s Applesduring her grade 8 year and daily fills the apple bowl in her school. She wanted to be involved inAdam’s Apples because she believes metal health is such an important topic that needs to betalked about amongst youth. Additionally, Kadence participates in her school cross countryrunning team and is involved in other services such as teaching Guatemalan kids English.

Ally MacLachlan

Adam’s sister, Ally, is a Psychology student at the University of British Columbia, a co-founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation, and the director and founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation Youth Council. Her passion for improving mental health literacy began when she was in high school, as she saw how the stigma surrounding drug addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses forced many students to suffer in isolation.

Tess Blake

Tess is a grade 12 student at West Point Grey Academy. She plans to study psychology next year to further pursue her passion in mental health, along with gender & feminist studies. She recognizes the importance of mental health advocacy, specifically with regards to youth, and as a result is so honoured to be a part of the Adam’s Apples Youth Council. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer, do yoga, meditate, and try new vegan restaurants in Vancouver with her friends!

Annalisa Turner

Annalisa Turner is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a degree in History. She now works for The Humphrey Group as a Client Services Coordinator where she creates a transformational learning experience for her clients through the successful coordination of courses. With The Humphrey Group, she is in charge of their working relationship with Dress for Success. Outside of work, Annalisa has been working with children ages 3-12 for over ten years.

Lauren Tonello

Lauren is currently studying mathematics and commerce at the University of British Columbia,while pursuing a career in marketing analytics for startups and non-profits. Her passion forempowering youth and working with them to face mental health issues stems from herinvolvement with organizations such as WE Day, One Girl Can, and nwPlus, that all focus onproviding equal educational opportunities for youth and empowering them througheducational events and programs.

Kady Goertzen

Kady is currently in grade 10 at West Point Grey Academy. She became a part of Adam’s Applesduring her grade 8 year and daily fills the apple bowl in her school. She wanted to be involved inAdam’s Apples because she believes metal health is such an important topic that needs to betalked about amongst youth. Additionally, Kadence participates in her school cross countryrunning team and is involved in other services such as teaching Guatemalan kids English.