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About the USA 2020 Challenge: Journey to Wellbeing Education Programme
The USA 2020 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 March 2020 and finishing during YST National School Sport Week in June 2020.
During this epic challenge and with the help of schools, organisations and individuals all around 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 which uses physical activity to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing. As part of this, he is challenging each school who signs up for the USA 2020 Challenge: Journey to Wellbeing Education Programme to raise up to £401.
In return, participating schools will be challenged to go on a wellbeing journey aligned to Ben’s adventure across the USA. As they move through the programme they will be able to ‘unlock’ wellbeing resources: the more money they raise, the more resources they will be able to unlock. His goal is to engage thousands of schools throughout the UK in a programme which will improve the wellbeing of young people and help them ‘find their happy’.
The programme launches on Wednesday 02 October 2019.
How do the activities work?
The programme is 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 help organise – either in groups, classes or across the whole school. This will include video messages from Ben and creative ideas to help schools build wellbeing challenges across the curriculum and school day.
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.
It has been designed to give schools flexibility, offering a structured programme of activities which can be implemented over a week, month, term or across the 2019/20 academic year.
What schools will receive
Every school can sign up to receive a free USA 2020 Challenge Fundraising Pack and a ‘Journey to Wellbeing Planning Toolkit’. The fundraising pack will include resources and ideas to help organise fundraising activities to support Ben’s USA 2020 Challenge. The Journey to Wellbeing planning toolkit will help schools to develop a wellbeing action plan.
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. This will include messages from Ben to pupils and students live from the USA.