CATCH Promise is a global health equity fund that provides access to CATCH’s Whole Child health programs to select school partners in communities across the U.S. and globe that are disproportionately impacted by social determinants of health.
CATCH’s platform of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs address the physical, emotional and mental well-being of youth through its Mind-Heart-Body approach and coordinated framework.
The CATCH Promise fund supports initiatives that are responsive to community-identified health education needs by removing barriers to CATCH program access and partnering with school communities to elevate children’s physical and mental well-being through the delivery of health education training and curriculum that help all children thrive in their minds, hearts, and bodies.
Do I feel alert? Focused? Ready to learn?
How are my emotions? What am I feeling?
How’s my health today? Do I feel energized? Have I eaten any GO foods?
CATCH Global Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower school communities to cultivate Whole Child wellness as a lever for student success and social equity.
Through CATCH Promise, CATCH helps school communities facing health equity challenges by:
- Engaging educators and key decision makers to prioritize the implementation of preventative health education programs by developing school wellness leaders with evidence-based training, curriculum and resources to meet their unique needs;
- Helping all school community members become more aware of the interdependence of a student’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being and the impact that health and wellness have on student academic and life outcomes.
We all know exercise helps prevent physical and cardiovascular diseases, but physical activity is also proven to benefit mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders and increasing self-esteem, sociability, motivation, and cognitive performance. One reason for this is that physical activity boosts endorphins, dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, which promotes an overall sense of well-being, enhances energy levels, and helps with focus, memory and concentration. As a result, kids who are more physically active also perform better academically in school!
Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social & emotional learning programs support mental and emotional health by fostering social connection and a sense of belonging among youth in schools, as well as providing opportunities for students to express their feelings in supportive environments. Additionally, students who receive SEL programming in school learn to better understand and manage their emotions, make caring and responsible decisions, and are also shown to do better academically!
In addition to the negative physical impact substance misuse, like vaping, has on brain development, lung, and cardiovascular health, youth who misuse substances are also more prone to mental health issues as substances can alter brain structure and chemistry causing feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as poor academic performance.
For School Communities
If you are a school community interested in learning how your students and staff can benefit from CATCH Promise, please contact Abby Rose, Director of Implementation & Engagement at [email protected].
For Funders and Donors
If you are an individual, foundation or corporate entity seeking to make an impact on the health and wellness of youth, please contact Sarah Andrews, VP, Strategy & Development at [email protected].
If you are a news entity seeking to cover the health and wellness issues present in our schools, please contact Veronica Ceseña, Director of Marketing at [email protected].