The Glories HATS Project®
The Glories HATS Project® (GHP®) elevates compassion and empathy in adolescents and develops their process management and critical thinking skills to prepare them for a healthy future and lifelong learning.
GHP® is an out-of-school-time service-learning activity specifically designed for engaged learning, school-community partnerships and family involvement.
GHP® links program sites to children's hospitals in "hands-on" team activities and virtual connections to offer peer support to sick children. Peer-support has the greatest impact on feelings of well-being and positive outlook in hospitalized children with well-being and outlook related to health outcomes.
GHP® goal is to quantify the value added that teen support provides, how it extends hospital resources, and document the psycho-social response of hospitalzed children.
GHP®then reports these outcomes back to participants to increase their feelings of self-efficacy, personal agency, initiative, and community connectedness.
GHP® positions teens as the "sole" source of this highly respected commodity. and provides them with the opportunity to experience pure success.
This commodity is a Glories hat "filled with happy thoughts!" The process of creating Glories hats and the GHP® program curriculum provide youth with an "on-ramp" to strengthening their health literacy, understanding of process management, masterey of 21st Century Skills, development of workforce competencies and build entrepreneurial mindsets in preparation for fast-changing job market.
Glories Happy HATS thanks every sponsor, every donor, every workshop participant, every surgeon, physician and hospital staff member and every Glories hat recipient for the trust shown in our vision and the time allowed to develop a common system to reach and benefit all our children in support of their future.