Coordinate pairs of students (even those who might not already know each other) to write in journals each week or month to non-judgmentally share with each other, without comments or criticism.

How To:

Who says a pen pals have to be long distance? Coordinate pairs of students to pass a journal back in forth, sharing what’s on their minds with each other.

Tips & Suggestions:

  • Pairs can be existing friends or students who don’t know each other.
  • Recruit existing pairs and coordinate students who need a pair.

Fast Facts:

  • Journaling can be a therapeutic practice for high school students as it encourages individuals to process and reflect on their emotions and experiences (Utley & Garza, 2011).
  • Research shows that a shared emotional connection cultivates a stronger sense of community (McMillan & Chavis, 1986; Pernau, 2017).
  • Studies show that telling stories about emotional events causes substantial prosocial and psychological development (Niederhoffer & Pennebaker, 2009).

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