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Student Experiential Education Series

La Maida Project’s Student Experiential Education Series is a three session program designed for K-12 students to interact, reflect, and self-discover in order to become active participants in reframing and generating mental health.

While the concepts and skills presented in La Maida Project’s series are important for all individuals and communities, in no space is there more potential for life-changing impact than in schools. Like adults, students participate in creating the culture at a school and they are responsive when they feel their voices and views matter.

Our experiential sessions are typically 60-minutes and are most effectively delivered in person, particularly with younger groups. Because the needs of every school, grade level, and classroom are different, La Maida Project will work with your organization to customize the specifics of delivery and exercise adaptation.


Health & Human Nature

In order for students to become active participants in reframing and generating mental health, we must first begin with the deceptively simple question, “What is health?” This session is designed to explore the answers to this question and come to a more accurate and empowering view of health that accounts for connection to self, community, purpose, and the natural world as the essential building blocks of mental health and well-being.

Stress & Regulation

To better understand the brain and how its innate physiology impacts our day-to-day behavior, this session explores bottom-up regulation, the stress response, how humans have evolved to thrive in reliable interdependent ecosystems, and meaning making. Self regulation practices and skills to develop bonds with peers and adults are emphasized to reduce toxic stress and improve mental health.

Story & Purpose

Purpose is the most overlooked (and perhaps most complex piece) in the story of health, particularly for young people. Having a coherent understanding of our past, present, and future gives way to healing, resilience, and personal growth. In this session, we use the power of storytelling to help students draw their own story to their essential and meaningful purpose.


Discovery and customization, program workbook, pre and post session exercises, pre and post session evaluation, and a wrap report.

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