18 June 2018

ASPIRE students conduct initiative to advance SDG 3 in their local community

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) has a branch known as ASPIRE: Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education. This student-driven initiative embodies UNAI’s principles through student activities in communities around the world. 

18 June 2018 - A group of students of the East Stroudsburg South High School (United States) recently conducted an initiative related to mental health and Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, including developing a mental health curriculum.

Guided by co-adviser Michele Vella, a counseling psychologist, the initiative was promoted district-wide across two high schools and two intermediate schools as well as through social media to achieve even broader impact.

The students also started the "casual for a cause" project to put community members experiencing crisis in touch with pertinent resources such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, meant to assist those struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts. They also conducted a campaign to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

These are inspiring examples of how by operating locally to address the needs of their communities, ASPIRE groups can contribute to transforming our world for the better.