In spring 2021, Purdue University students mentored students from Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) in a 6-week wellbeing-based course. Due to the success and excitement surrounding this experience, CHEqI and PPHS leadership began to discuss collaboration around future wellbeing efforts. This collaborative approach allows PPHS students and college students to learn alongside each other, supporting positive youth development strategies with the goal of impacting individual and community health and wellness outcomes.

Outcomes include developing a wellbeing plan for PPHS, and hosting pilot programs that have engaged close to 100 PPHS students and staff. In spring 2022, a new Cycle 6 Immersion Program is being piloted at PPHS Englewood in collaboration with Nine13sports. 

PPHS partnership with Nine13sports, CHEqI
Left to right: Dr. Jasmine Gonzalvo, CHEqI Director, Nathan Smurdon, Nine13sports Chief Partnership & Strategy Officer, Carly Kimiecik, Purdue graduate student, Drew Goodin, PPHS Lead Instructor, Nathan Wilson, Nine13sports Creative Director