Quit Trip’n is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization founded in 2010. Quit Trip’n held community, social support groups, for teens dealing with various life stressors. These stressors included but were not limited to; family and friend relationships, bullying, grief, traumatic life events, depression, anxiety, addictions, self-harm, suicidal thoughts/feelings, and actions.
After 10 years of hosting these community groups. Quit Trip'n decided to use the information learned and create the first Social Health Curriculum. The curriculum has been taught at Herriman High School for the past three years to all incoming sophomores.
In 2017, Herriman High School had seven suicides in one calendar year. After the change in administration, David Kozlowski, Quit Trip'n's Founder, was contacted by Herriman High's Vice-Principal to create, a curriculum specifically to combat the school's very serious suicide and mental health issues. In 2020, the Social Health Curriculum that David created from the information gathered from the Quit Trip'n groups was implemented at Herriman High. Herriman High had zero suicides, a 300% decrease in SafeUT Tips and the curriculum had a 92% approval rating from the students who took the class in the first year.
After three years of student and administration feedback. The curriculum has been refined and proven to have measurable and impactful changes to the school's culture.
Quit Trip'n is now set up and ready to implement the curriculum to schools across Salt Lake County in the fall of 2023. Once this is accomplished, Quit Trip'n will follow up on requests for the curriculum in school districts throughout the greater state of Utah, California, Oregon, and Texas.
Quit Trip'n will be allocating donations in the future to cover the cost for the curriculum, training of teachers, and purchasing additional resources needed for the curriculum to be fully integrated into the school, instead of having to generate the funds on their own.
Learn more about the curriculum here. www.socialhealthcurriculum.com
In the spring of 2019, vice-principal of Herriman High school, Julie Scherzinger, happened to be listening to a parenting podcast named Light The Fight, which is hosted by David Kozlowski, Quit Trip'n, founder and licensed marriage and family therapist. In this episode, David explained how he sees the current youth mental health decline, especially the growing suicide epidemic, as not being a mental health issue. Instead, he sees it as a social health issue with serious mental health side effects. This made a lot of sense to Julie, but the solution David offered was even more intriguing. He believed if our country were to make real, impactful changes to help our youth, it would have to start in school classrooms. He went on to describe a new type of curriculum which would create a solution to the problem instead of attempting to treat the symptoms of the problem.
Julie believed this is what was missing from the current social & emotional learning, mental health, brain health & behavioral health curriculums currently being offered. Julie reached out to David about the possibility of Herriman High School being the pilot program for this approach to helping youth improve their mental health. After several months of developing & formulating the curriculum to be taught at Herriman High School, the curriculum was launched in August 2020, to be taught to all incoming sophomores at the school.
Speaking on David Kozlowski…
“He knows exactly what to say to get us to open up and talk to each other.” – A Teen
“Its really amazing how he connects with the teens and the kids connect with him and they open up.” – A Father
“I wouldn’t be where I am today my kids wouldn’t be where they are today if it weren’t for him.” – A Mother
A Video journal from a young man after meeting with the Quit Trip’n Group. True example of being vulnerable is valuable.
“If you ever feel like you’re alone, there is always someone – at least 1 person – that genuinely cares about you. If you haven’t found that person yet, one day you will. Eventually, things will get easier.”
Level-Up Focuses on Teaching Students How to Build, Maintain, and Improve Relationships in Four Areas. Friends, Family, Online Relationships, and The Relationship with Self
We teach students how to make new friends, develop deeper connections with current friends, and conflict resolution Social Health tools.
We teach students how to communicate better with their parent/guardian, understand their role in their family, and how to use Social Health tools to improve the relationships at home.
We teach students how social media affects mental health, how social media companies make money on an attention-for-profit model, and how to use social platforms as a way to enhance face-to-face relationships instead of replacing them.
We teach students Social Health personality development tools to improve the relationships they have with themselves. We also teach Social Health tools to help students learn how to coach themselves and be their own best friend instead of their own worst critic.
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