BJC School Outreach and Youth Development programs are designed to meet Missouri and Illinois academic health standards. Students learn through discussion and interactive teaching by trained health professionals. Pre- and post-tests are administered with a comprehensive report for each program.

Developed for middle school students, this program includes four 45-minute sessions. ConneXtions helps students to foster social intelligence, use assertive communication, make responsible decisions on information sharing, and preserve overall body health when using digital communication.

Social networking, texting, and messaging are common pastimes in the lives of middle school students. As technology develops, so does the opportunity to teach students social intelligence - the ability to connect with others in meaningful ways. The lessons focus on teaching students how, how often, and when to appropriately use digital communication to become better connected as individuals.

Topics include:

  • Communication - verbal, nonverbal, and tone
  • Healthy and toxic behaviors
  • Social media
  • Healthy balance of media
  • Information sharing, posting, and sending