Sources of Strength

  • Sources of Strength wheel featuring 8 pillars of strength in different colorsSources of Strength is a student-driven, strengths-based, comprehensive wellness and prevention program implemented in most LCPS secondary schools. It promotes student mental health by helping students identify and develop protective factors that build their resiliency. It provides messages of hope, help, and strength. These messages are spread through student-led campaigns designed to address the eight pillars of strength: family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, spirituality, physical health, and mental health. 

    A dedicated group of staff, called adult advisors, support this program at each school. Adult advisors include teachers, School Resource Officers, and school-based mental health staff - such as school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists. Student members, called peer leaders, are identified through staff, student, parent, and community recommendations and represent a diverse sample of leaders within each school. Adult Advisors and Peer Leaders are trained annually by a group of nationally certified LCPS staff trainers. 

In the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Over 453 Sources of Strength meetings were held
  • 75+ Sources of Strength advisory lessons were provided to students, sharing the message of hope, help and strength, with nearly all lessons reported to reach of more than 75% of the student body
  • 150 campaigns were completed across the county, with an average reach of over 1000 people
  • Campaign topics included Introduction to Sources of Strength, mindfulness, mentors and trusted adults, mental health awareness, positive friends, family support, “What Helps Me,” and more!
Last Modified on September 20, 2023