It’s 5:15 on a Monday night in November. About 30 teenagers sprawl on couches, armchairs and the floor, propped against cushions and each other. They’re wearing sweats and jeans and look like a close group of friends hanging out in someone’s rec room.
But in fact, they’re in the School Life Centre at Lakefield College School. And although it’s likely they’ll become friends, they’re LCS boarders and day students, all from different grades, houses, backgrounds and countries. What they have in common, what brings them together on this frigid winter night, is their mutual desire to increase the happiness and well-being of every person in the school.
Many names come to mind to describe this keen, compassionate group: Sensitive Superheroes; Warriors for Well-being; Champions of Cheer. But the actual name is more prosaic. These students have joined an LCS club called THRIVE/Jack Chapter, which aims to promote the values of THRIVE (the school’s well-being initiative) and Jack.org, a charity organization that is helping young leaders across Canada revolutionize attitudes towards mental health.