The WhyTry Approach
At WhyTry, we deliver social-emotional learning for the 21st Century. Our programs, tools, and training can help you motivate any student and help them build resilience. We’ve taken time-tested mental-health practices and put these modalities in a package any educator can use, and any student can understand.
Based on Sound Mental Health Practices
Christian Moore, LCSW, created the WhyTry Program while working at Wasatch Mental Health. As he struggled to help patients see that their decisions have consequences, he realized he needed a better way to communicate.
Christian took his expertise in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution-focused Brief Therapy and turned them into visual metaphors. The result? An engaging, accessible platform to quickly help students recognize, process, and problem solve their challenges.
The WhyTry program later expanded to include music, videos, and engaging activities… but all these tools are built on research-informed mental health practices. Educators, mental health professionals, administrators, teachers, and corrections officers all implement WhyTry.
A Strengths-Based Approach
WhyTry teaches life skills critical to the future success of every student or adult and is based on the following strengths
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Reality Therapy
- Client-centered Therapy
- Solution-focused Brief Therapy
While founded on well-established therapeutic practices, facilitators don’t need to be trained in these modalities to use the program.
The key to motivation and change does not lie in interventions alone, but in the relationship established with students.
Multisensory learning helps students grasp the purpose, meaning, and application of what they’re taught.
The first two pillars help students harness the third — resilience — and learn to see their challenges differently.
Start Where You Are, Work Toward Full-fidelity
Students who participate in a full-fidelity implementation of the WhyTry Program show improvement across several key metrics. To ensure you reap these benefits, we follow a rigorous, yet flexible implementation model. This includes in-person training, online program access, and tools to measure progress both before and after you implement the intervention.
An Evidence-Based Intervention
WhyTry delivers evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula. Researchers have independently verified that WhyTry improves:
- Locus of control
- Ability to set and achieve goals
- Relationships with teachers and fellow students
- Classroom engagement
- Attendance records
- Academic performance
- Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC) scores