Value to Students

Start with "Why" then teach them "How"

  • Mindful Decision-Making

    The basis for health is balance. Understanding our choices through this lens is a non-judgemental way to create a community of mindful decision-makers.

  • Tools for Building Resilience

    Based on extensive neuroscience research, our Resilient Mindset Model provides a framework for using any challenge as an opportunity to build resilience.

  • Leadership Skills

    Leadership is fluid. When we understand how to lead & follow empathetically, we create environments that support wellness and growth with our peers.

  • Strategies for Wellness

    Introspective activities and group discussions allow students to create personalized solutions organically... instead of just telling them what to do.

  • Brain-Based MHL

    Mental Health Literacy comes to life when we understand the brain, how it naturally responds to challenge, and what we can do to improve those responses.

Simple for Educators

Straightforward implementation that guides delivery of the information with maximum flexibility for your specific class schedule.

  • Full facilitation guide for running videos, activities, and discussions.

  • Modular delivery allows you to do the program in blocks as small as 15 minutes.

  • Pre-made quizzes follow each module to assess student understanding.

Program Outline

  1. 1
    • LTT: Instructor Kit Introduction

    • Facilitator Guide

    • Reference Guide Download

    • PTE Framework for Teaching Mental Health Literacy (The Guidebook)

    • Quick Guides for Fostering Mental Health

  2. 2
    • Welcome!

  3. 3
    • Intro to Neuroscience

    • Activity: Neuroscience

    • Brain Development

    • Activity: The Three Stages of Brain Development

    • Pathways

    • Activity: ABC - 123

    • Activity: Audiation

    • Pruning & Paving

    • Activity: Pruning & Paving

    • Neurochemicals

    • Activity: Getting Neurochemicals

    • The PFC

    • Activity: The PFC & Executive Function

    • Autonomic Nervous System

    • Activity: The ANS

    • Activity: Combat/ Box Breathing

    • The Four R's

    • Activity: The Four Rs

  4. 4
    • The Resilient Mindset Model Intro

    • The Four S's

    • Activity: The 4 S Framework

    • The 4 Characters of The Brain

    • The Ant

    • The Grasshopper

    • The Glowworm

    • The Dragonfly

    • Activity: 4 Characters in Action

    • R.E.A.C.T.S.

    • Activity: Understanding Your Triggers

    • Mindful Choices

    • Activity: Dragonfly Mindfulness

    • Activity: Applying the Model

  5. 5
    • Mental Health Literacy Intro

    • Mental Health Continuum

    • Activity: Mental Health Statistics

    • Activity: Breaking The Stigma

    • Protective Factors

    • Activity: Protective Factors

    • Risk Factors

    • Activity: Risk Factors

    • Prevention

    • Ant Tools

    • Activity: Understanding The Ant

    • Balanced Decisions

    • Activity: Healthy Decisions Continuum

    • Stress & Threat

    • Trauma & The Brain

    • Activity: The Brain's Response to Trauma

    • Three Types of Trauma

    • Activity: Collective Trauma Now

    • Violence, Anxiety, Depression

    • Coping

    • Activity: Coping Strategies

    • Getting Help

    • Activity: Common Mental Health Disorders

    • Activity: Getting Help

  6. 6
    • Brain-Based Leadership Intro

    • Security & Autonomy

    • Activity: Roots and Wings

    • Leadership Styles

    • Activity: Leadership Styles

    • Scaffolding & Scripting

    • Activity: Scaffolding & Scripting

    • The Resilience Formula

    • Activity: What's the Trigger?

    • Planning

    • Activity: The Resilience Formula - Planning

    • Implementing

    • Activity: The Resilience Formula - Implementing

    • Reflecting

    • Reflecting Activity

    • Restorative Justice

    • Activity: Apologies & Restorative Justice

    • Activity: Difficult Conversations & DEI

    • Self-Care for Leading

    • Activity: Self-Care

  7. 7
    • Dragonflying



Jason Schofield

With a strong background in coaching, management, entrepreneurial consulting, and developing products and services in the technology space, Jason brings his creative spirit and forward-thinking mindset to the Pathways products. Jason feels incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to unite his three main passions, education, health, and entrepreneurship, through Pathways to Empower.

Founder of Pathways to Empower

Dr. Donna Volpitta

Always an educator, Dr. Volpitta loves finding ways to translate neuroscience so that people can apply it to their own lives. Her work is grounded in the latest research in neurology, psychology, and education. She is the co-author of The Resilience Formula, author of Neuroworld, co-creator of the Nametags Education Program, and is a sought-after speaker. A former classroom teacher (and mother of 4 adolescents!) with experience in both general and special education, Donna holds a doctoral degree in Learning Dis/Abilities from Teachers College, Columbia University.