We offer a variety of programs to both elementary and high school populations. Our mental health literacy curriculums follow a primary prevention health model, which aims to support populations of youth that are not generally at risk (secondary prevention), or suffering from mental illness (tertiary prevention). Rather, we provide all grade students with access to age appropriate lessons under the umbrella of social-emotional learning and mental health literacy. It is our belief that early education and opportunities for interpersonal connection are the greatest prevention tool against the development of maladaptive behaviours and negative mental health outcomes.
At the “core” of our foundation is the Apple Program, operating in 50 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 share a healthy snack and a healthy conversation. This simple concept facilitates face-to-face connection in a tech-driven world where youth are more disconnected than ever. According to psychiatrist and Adam’s Apples Board Member 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”.
What is the Core Connector Initiative (CCI)?
This module-based curriculum is designed as an experiential approach to understanding mental health, addressing mental health challenges, promoting mental wellbeing and encouraging peer support. The program is facilitated by mental health professionals.
How long is the program?
The workshop is designed to be delivered over nine hours. We can offer the CCI as a two day (2 x 4.5 hour sessions) or a three day (3x3 hour sections), or we can offer an abbreviated 1 day (1x4 hour session). At the end of the workshop, participants will receive a Mental Health Literacy Certificate. Additionally, $500 scholarships are available each year to CCI participants.
How much does it cost?
The CCI is offered free of charge. We encourage organizations to make a donation to the AAF.
Who is the CCI for?
The CCI is designed for students in grades 10-12 who are interested in learning the tools to thrive as a compassionate leader, an advocate for mental health, and catalyst for positive change in their school communities.
The Core Connector Initiative provides experiences that promote whole person wellbeing. Our hope is that CCI participants will gain insights and practical tools that will help them to cultivate their own positive mental health and also be able to effectively encourage their friends and families to do likewise. You will explore the following topics through the CCI.
Adams Apples Core Connector Initiative graduates have demonstrated a commitment to being compassionate, an active advocate for mental health and a leader in your community. Engagement in school communities makes a difference and we hope the skills and tools learned in CCI will assist participant to help create positive changes.
Adam's Apples Foundation awards two $500 scholarships annually to deserving CCI graduates who are interested in furthering their education. If you have taken the Core Connector Initiative, we invite you to apply.
The Seedlings Initiative is a Social-Emotional-Learning program developed for elementary level students. The program was developed in 2021 by psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, and students in response to the social-emotional consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The program is an adaptation of the CASEL Framework, condensed into 20 minute homeroom sessions on topics under the umbrella of self awareness, social responsibility, and executive functioning.