Healthy Mind, Healthy Life

Kids For Healthy Minds


Who We Are

We are a group of four Boston College undergraduate students who are a part of the Jenks Leadership Program at the Winston Center for Leadership & Ethics, looking to create and implement our own sustainable service project. 


The Jenks Leadership Program (JLP) is the signature student leadership program of the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics and the Boston College community. JLP, named for Weston “Sandy” Jenks ’47, identifies and prepares undergraduate men and women to take up leadership roles in the service of others and the common good. Strongly influenced by Robert Greenleaf’s work on Servant Leadership, JLP provides a solid foundation to enable its graduates to become responsible leaders in a global society. This complements Sandy Jenks’s original vision and fits the motto he developed, “Learning for Leadership, Leadership for Service.”

Blake Hanson

Blake is from the small suburb of El Dorado Hills, California. He is planning on majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Global Ethics. He plans on pursuing a career with an international non-profit following graduation.  Back in California, he served as a board member for California YMCA's Youth and Government and Model United Nations. He hopes his time in Jenks will propel him into a successful life of serving others.

Simar Junejasi

Simar is from New Delhi, India. She founded the NGO, Gifting a Smile, in high school to help contribute towards the treatment of the underprivileged suffering from cleft lip and palate deformities. On campus, she is involved in the intramural volleyball team and also spends her time working as a Student Ambassador at the McMullen Museum of Art. She is currently majoring in Finance and hopes to pursue a co-concentration in entrepreneurship so that she can start her own venture in the future.

Susan Kourtis

Susan Kourtis is a senior majoring in Theology with a minor in Education. In addition to being part of the Jenks Leadership Program, Susan in an undergraduate research fellow at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life and an intern at the CrossRoad Summer Institute at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her work at both the Boisi Center and the CrossRoad Summer Institute, in addition to her studies in theology, education, curriculum, and pedagogy have had a profound influence on the importance of healthy relationship-building starting at a young age. Given these interests, Susan is very excited to be working on a sustainable service project that emphasizes the importance of building healthy relationships for mental health.

Matthew Ursin-Smith

Matthew is from Los Angeles, California and graduated from Harvard-Westlake in Studio City. He is majoring in Communication and part of the honors program, also pursuing a minor in Management & Leadership. In addition to the Jenks Leadership Program, Matthew is on the Boston College Club Golf team, and a Campus Wingman for Johnnie-O.  He is ecstatic to be a part of Jenks, developing his leadership skills within a context of service for others.


What We Do

The mission of Kids for Healthy Minds is to create resources for teachers to talk about mental health proactively and positively from an early age. Educators and school counselors often address such issues reactively, years later during adolescence. Thus, we have created ten distinct lesson plans, each focusing on a particular children's book, with activities and questions to provide opportunities for growth in each individual student and encourage healthy relationship-building among peers.Our curriculum dives deeper into messages and emotional education rooted in the content of these books, allowing the lesson to continue after reading the book.


Lesson Plans For Mental Health

Scroll down to access our lesson plans, which aim to tackle various aspects of mental health. Through this curriculum, we hope to aide you as you equip your students to thrive throughout their social and emotional lives!

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Amos & Boris

William Steig


Enemy Pie

Derek Munson

Conflict Resolution

Hey, Little Ant

Phillip and Hannah Hoose


The Invisible Boy

Patrice Barton


Just Because

Rebecca Elliot

Helping Others

Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Peña

Finding beauty in everything around you

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Philip C. Stead

Helping others when they are sick

Stand in My Shoes

Bob Sornson


Sumi's First Day of School Ever

Soyung Pak


Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)

Keith Negley

Embracing Emotions

Contact Kids For Healthy Minds

Boston College:
140 Commonwealth Ave, 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


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