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About the USA 2020 Challenge: Journey to Wellbeing Education Programme
The challenge will see 401 marathon runner and YST Wellbeing Ambassador Ben Smith run a marathon in each of the 50 US state capitals and then cycle between each one. Ben will be aiming to complete the 14,001 mile adventure in just 104 days – starting in July and finishing in October 2020.
The Education Programme will give schools access to free wellbeing resources as they are challenged to go on a wellbeing journey aligned to Ben’s adventure. His goal is to engage thousands of schools as he helps young people “find their happy”.
As part of this epic challenge and with the help of schools, organisations and individuals all round the UK and further afield, Ben is hoping to raise £1million for two charities: The 401 Foundation and the Youth Sport Trust, supporting their work to improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
What schools will receive
Schools can sign up to receive free education resources that have been designed to give schools flexibility, offering a programme of activities which can be implemented over a week, month, term or across the 2019/20 academic year.
The resources are structured around the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation and endorsed by charities and the NHS. These say that the key to good mental health and wellbeing are:
- Give Back
- Take Notice
- Be Active.
For each of these Five Ways to Wellbeing there will be suggested activities that students and teachers can organise – either in groups, classes or across the whole school.
Primary school teachers will be supported to deliver teacher-facilitated, class-based activities.
Secondary schools will be encouraged to establish student-led Wellbeing Crews who will be empowered to lead the organisation of activities across their school.
Those taking part will also receive USA 2020 wristbands, resources, access to unique prizes and exclusive insights from Ben as he prepares for and then embarks on the challenge of a lifetime.