First Ever MDI Kids Advisory Group

May 25th was an exciting day for everyone at HELP as Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and a number of HELPers hosted twenty-five Grade 6 and 7 students from Sir James Douglas Elementary School for the first ever MDI Kids Advisory Group.

“I have been wanting to host a Kids Advisory Group since the MDI was first started,” Kim shared with the students. “Thank you for making my dreams come true.”

Students were divided into four teams and rotated through stations based on specific components of the MDI: Well-being, Important Adults, Nutrition and Sleep and After-school Time. The stations were designed to generate feedback and encourage students to share their thoughts on current MDI findings as well as their insights regarding key themes of the MDI. Through this, the team was able to learn how students viewed their own and their peers’ experiences in middle childhood. Above all, this special opportunity has reinvigorated HELP’s core passion of respecting children’s voices.

 A big thank you to Sean Smith and his class for participating. We can’t wait to host another session next year.