Principal Jeb Myers and Students
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Photo by Becca Sabot
In September, for the fourth year in a row, Cristo Rey students volunteered at the Washburn Games, where kids raise money exploring 20 different sports.
It’s not like these college-prep students don’t have enough on their plates, but it’s fun to volunteer at the Washburn Games. All kids in the community participate, and the message is that mental health is as important as physical health. Says junior Jessica Salas, “It’s a place to play with children and not worry.” Says freshman Jesus Leon, “I was at the miniature golf stand this year. Kids were always smiling.” Says junior Rita Duran, “I know Washburn provides assistance and counseling for kids. But it’s also cute to make headbands and bracelets.”
Kids meeting kids with play and acceptance makes principal Jeb Myers swell with pride. “There are people who are uncomfortable with those who have mental health needs. But it needs to be addressed like we address eyesight and hearing loss,” Myers says.
The students at Cristo Rey get it, and they’re still in high school. They want others to get it too. And they are willing to play for it.
After his school bus nearly plummeted into the banks of the Mississippi during the 35W bus collapsed, Saiku Kanneh worked to put the past behind him.
Helping out at the Washburn Games promotes acceptance of kids, fun, and mental health as a priority.
Two self-aware kids raise money for their Twin Cities peers at Washburn.
When teachers work with Washburn therapists, real growth can bloom.
A family finds ways to help their child—and their whole family unit—thrive together.
The history of the Washburn Center is closely tied to that of its biggest supporter—General Mills.
An institute trains therapists to deal with mental health needs across cultures and socioeconomic status.
Why do the Zimmerns speak for Washburn? Because their own family received incalculable benefit.