In 2018, six students came together to form Team S.A.N.I.T.Y. (Solving Situational Anxiety In Today’s Youth) as part of Fountain Gate Secondary College’s Future Problem Solvers Program.
Their focus was on solving situational anxiety in today’s world and they tackled this problem by developing their team’s five tips and strategies for managing situational anxiety, including a ‘Grounding Method’ which focused on the five senses to distract and reduce panic.
To reach as many people as possible with their strategies, the team hosted the College’s first ‘Anxiety Awareness Workshop’ and developed a pocket book with fun and engaging activities practising their five strategies, along with a YouTube video.In October 2018 the members of Team S.A.N.I.T.Y. placed second at the Future Problem Solvers National Championships.
Along with the accolades of this amazing title they were also invited to represent the College and Australia at the Future Problem Solvers International Championships in Amherst, Massachusetts USA.
After extensive fundraising and amazing support from loyal sponsors, the students travelled to America in June 2019 where they were awarded first place in the whole world in their division.
Team coach and program coordinator, Katie Byers, described the whole experience as “truly life changing”.
“I feel truly and whole-heartedly blessed to have had the privilege to work with such amazing and gifted young adults. We can all be extremely proud of the achievements made by this amazing group of young problem solvers!” she said.
All of the projects and resources can be viewed on Team S.A.N.I.T.Y.’s website at http://teamsanityfgsc.com/.