Higher Ed

Together Strong

Together Strong is an interactive role-play simulation for student leaders and student veterans that builds understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced by veterans and prepares users to lead real-life conversations with veterans struggling to adjust to civilian life.

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Higher Ed

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Student and Veterans and Service Members

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Mental Health & Well-being and Military Families/Veterans

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45 Minutes

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Developed in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs of NY/NJ, this online and mobile solution helps to drive sustainable changes in behaviors that support help-seeking, resilience, peer support, and stigma reduction.

Returning veterans enter the classroom with valuable life and leadership experiences; however, transitioning to civilian and student life represents unique challenges. With more than a million student veterans representing 4% of the total student population, it is imperative for schools to train their student leaders and students on how to best support fellow student veterans leading to higher rates of graduation, retention, and academic success. Users have access to customized national, local, and school-specific resources in addition to simulation content.

The goal of Together Strong is to harness the power of conversation to improve student veterans' academic success and retention.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize signs that a peer may be distressed or struggling
  • Use effective conversation tactics to elicit information, show you're listening, and help problem solve
  • Learn to refer a friend in distress with on- and off-campus support services

Students receive customized feedback based on their in-simulation choices.

The simulation is available online 24/7. Users are asked to complete pre-, post-, and 3-month follow up surveys to assess changes in skills. Attitudes, and behavior. Upon completion, users receive a certificate of completion.  Clients have access to usage reports and evaluation data via the Kognito client portal.

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