In order to help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the pandemic, Yale is now offering a variation of its most popular online course to more than 500 low-income high school students across the US at no cost. “Our goal is to equip students with scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life, while also creating opportunities for high-striving low-income students and students of color to demonstrate college-readiness,” said Yale professor Laurie Santos, who created the course. The first half of the class offers students insights from psychology and neuroscience about what drives happiness. The second half of the course involves behavior changes that help rewire the brain. In addition to receiving the full course, students will also be supported by both a local teacher and a Yale Teaching Fellow.

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