Approximately one in three high school students experienced
poor mental health (most of the time or always) during
the COVID-19 pandemic (37.1%) and during the past
30 days (31.1%). This study examined whether comprehensive strategies that improve feelings of connectedness with others in the family, in the community,and at school might foster improved mental health among youths during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The PreVenture Program fosters connections with like-minded peers and equips teens with coping skills.