EmpowerU semester courses are rooted in skill building, resilience and empowerment, making them a valuable option for all students.
By partnering with EmpowerU, Wayzata High School is able to expand capacity and reimagine how mental health could be addressed in their school.
With minimal workload for school staff, thanks to EmpowerU’s turnkey program, vital, skill-building instruction was supported by highly-personalized, motivational coaching for each student, that was delivered with an abundance of care.
How did it work? Wayzata High School enrolled students in EmpowerU’s online elective course through Northern Star Online. Students earned high school credit while focusing on mental health and overall well-being. Aligned with state and national health education standards and CASEL standards, the course teaches important skills, such as stress-coping techniques, self-regulation, goal-setting, motivation and resiliency. Asynchronous coaching provides immediate feedback, celebrates small wins and motivates students to stay engaged.
Wayzata High School student, Natalie, completed the class as a sophomore and said it helped her to better manage depression and anxiety, as well as learn strategies to avoid procrastination. “I over-stress myself. Through EmpowerU, I really learned to stop — notice what I was feeling and thinking — and replace it with a helpful thought that would help me meet my goal.” That’s what EmpowerU calls recruiting your inner coach to replace your inner critic.
Natalie said what was really different about this class is that her coach reached out and encouraged her every day. “It was really different from other online classes. EmpowerU is the only online class I’ve taken where you have a very strong and supportive connection with the instructor— even stronger than many in-person classes.”
The SMART goals that Natalie set throughout the program allowed her to take small steps to solve larger problems — turning problems into progress.