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The Jed Foundation and CommonLit Partner to Expand Social & Emotional Learning in High Schools

Groundbreaking curriculum rooted in JED’s “Set to Go” program will reach 11M students nationwide.

NEW YORK, September 25, 2019 – The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading non-profit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, today announced a partnership with CommonLit, a free online resource that delivers lesson plans and curricular materials to teachers of students grades 3-12 in more than 70% of America’s public schools.

As part of the collaboration, CommonLit has adapted student resources from JED’s Set to Go program to create six distinct social and emotional health lessons that will launch on September 25, 2019. Set to Go guides teens, their families, and high school educators on important social, emotional, and mental health topics related to the transition out of high school.

“Preparing for college is more than just academics and testing. Being emotionally ready creates the greatest opportunity for success,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director and CEO of The Jed Foundation. “By uniting Set to Go resources with CommonLit’s innovative lesson platform, we hope to help many more students, families, and educators plan ahead for mental health care and effectively manage stress during the transition to college.”

The partnership may potentially reach more than 500,000 teachers and 11 million students currently using CommonLit. As part of a pilot program through CommonLit’s Spanish Library, teachers in Mexico, as well as ESL/ELL teachers in the US, will have access to the Set to Go content in Spanish.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Jed Foundation, whose resources and expertise bring a comprehensive approach to this critical, often overlooked component of student development,” said Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit. “The lessons will be available to CommonLit administrators, students and partners, and will be promoted across CommonLit social media channels and teacher newsletter.”

Students, families, administrators and teachers are encouraged to visit www.CommonLit.org and www.SetToGo.org for more information.


About The Jed Foundation (JED)

JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.

Learn more at jedfoundation.org. Check out our programs including: JED Campus (jedcampus.org), Set to Go, ULifeline (ulifeline.org), Half of Us (halfofus.com), Love is Louder (loveislouder.com), and Seize the Awkward (seizetheawkward.org).

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Manuela McDonough
Director, Media Relations
202-812-5290
manuela@jedfoundation.org

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