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The WhyTry Program
For 16 years, the WhyTry Program has been using SEL to help struggling students make positive life changes.

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Resilience for Youth
This new program provides strategies to help all students develop lifelong resilience.

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Why Resilience?

Why Resilience?

There has never been a greater need to foster school environments that allow teachers and students to thrive. Studies have shown that students who score higher on resilience measures have improved social skills, higher grades, a greater love of learning, and better decision-making skills.

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3 Pillars of Whytry



The key to motivation and change does not lie in interventions alone, but in the relationship established with students.

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Multisensory learning helps students grasp the purpose, meaning, and application of the things they’re being taught.

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The first two pillars help students harness the third -- resilience -- and learn to see their challenges differently.

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Taking SEL to the next level:

The WhyTry PRogram

What is the WhyTry Program? 

The WhyTry Program is a resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success.

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The idea is straightforward: Teach social and emotional principles to youth in a way they can understand and remember. WhyTry is based on sound empirical principles, including solution-focused brief therapy, social and emotional intelligence, and multisensory learning.

The WhyTry curriculum utilizes a series of ten visual analogies that teach important life skills (e.g., decisions have consequences; dealing with with peer pressure; obeying laws and rules; plugging in to support systems). 

The visual analogies are reinforced through the creative use of customized hip-hop music, video, over 150 learning activities, journal activities that help students reflect on program concepts, and other multimedia. The WhyTry curriculum engages all major learning styles (visual, auditory, and body-kinesthetic). WhyTry is often used for RTI and PBiS.

The WhyTry Program is currently at work in over 20,000 organizations in all 50 of the United States, as well as Canada, the UK, and Australia. 



Implementation Examples

The WhyTry Program utilizes a flexible lesson plan that allows you to effectively teach program concepts in a ten-minute solution-focused therapy session or in an hour-long class. The program has been used in open and closed groups; it’s been incorporated into the daily lesson repertoire of teachers and as a ready-made toolkit in school counselors’ offices. The program fits into all three tiers of the RTI model, but is used primarily for Tiers 2 and 3. 

The WhyTry Program has been effectively used as part of: 

  • Alternative ed programs
  • Small group therapy
  • Homerooms
  • Leadership Classes
  • Credit Recovery courses
  • After-school programs
  • Solution-focused therapy sessions

WhyTry programs are led by thousands of professionals around the world:

  • Teachers and special ed instructors
  • School counselors and psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Probation officers
  • Corrections staff
  • After-school mentors

WhyTry has a customized curriculum for Corrections audiences. To learn more, click here. 

10 Units

The WhyTry Program uses a multisensory learning approach to teach social, emotional, and leadership principles to students of all learning types. This approach includes the use of a series of visual analogies to illustrate each WhyTry unit. 


Professional Development

WhyTry offers two-day trainings to help teachers, administrators, and other youth advocates gain the tools they need to use the WhyTry Program in a real-life setting. 

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What’s the difference between the WhyTry Program and the Resilience Breakthrough for Youth Program? Use the chart below to know how to get started:

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Helps to motivate and re-engage students who may be struggling with challenges at home and in school Mission / Purpose Focus on the building blocks of resilience for all students

Tier 2 and Tier 3 focus, applicable in Tier 1 RTI Focus  Tier 1 focus, Applicable in Tier 2 and Tier 3

10 Core units
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6 Core units
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WhyTry is proven effective at increasing student resilience, motivating unmotivated students, increasing GPA, reducing drop out rates, improving social emotional health and reducing bullying and violent behavior. Benefits for students The Resilience Breakthrough for Youth helps all students to learn where resilience comes from, and how to  strengthen their ability to access resilience and inner motivation in moments of difficulty and trial.

You can begin with a FREE introduction webinar and sample lesson.  Sign up for an event in your area or by contacting us at 866-949-8791 Getting Started You can begin with a FREE introduction webinar and sample lesson.  Sign up for an event in your area or by contacting us at 866-949-8791



  • “WhyTry is a wonderful tool to support caring adults that want to put the time, support, and determination into making a difference.” -Claudette Gillespie, School Counselor, Georgia
  • “[The WhyTry Program] is tried and true and tested, and I think the results speak for themselves.” –Casey Bouska, Social Studies Teacher / Head Varsity Coach, Durant High School, Iowa
  • WhyTry is a wonderful, interactive program that teaches valuable and meaningful life lessons! I love it and so do the kids! – Stacey B. Schork, School Counselor, Pennsylvania
  • “I love the WhyTry Program. I have been using it for years. It is the best program of its kind that I have ever seen!" -David Kinman, Teacher, Tennessee
  • “WhyTry is an outstanding program that bears fruit when shared with young people.” -Vicki Spriggs, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission

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