Student Lounge: End of Year Wrap Up

This year, Hallways provided workshops for over 1,500 students. We asked teens to engage in courageous thinking and discussions on topics ranging from coping with transitions to consent and sexuality, and personal values and decision making. Our data-driven team always wants to hear from students regarding the impact of our work together so we provide a post-workshop survey to the young people who we serve. We use this qualitative data to ground us in student experience and feedback, and we are happy to report that we heard many positive things from students about what they learned and took away from Hallways workshops.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of their responses.

What students are saying:

  1. “I loved how thought provoking it was. It got me thinking and learning, which I really enjoyed.”
  2. “I think this helped me make more friends.”
  3. “I now know to deal with things like stress anxiety without relying on unhealthy outlets such as toxic relationships or substances”
  4. “I learned a lot about myself and my personality style that I had no idea about before and how I can cope with them.”

Additionally, after participating in their Hallways’ workshop series, students reported being better able to:

  1. Engage in self-care
  2. Talk to their parents about these topics
  3. Talk about their feelings
  4. Think before they act
  5. Cope in a responsible way
  6. Think more about their values in everyday activities
  7. Think about their decisions more thoroughly
  8. Consider the consequences of theirchoices
  9. Analyze risk in the things they do
  10. Not Juul

At Hallways, it’s our goal to help students develop the skills they need to be happy and healthy, and we’re grateful that our work continues to resonate with young people.

Thank you for taking the time to read this column and have a great summer!


After 30 years of serving the Independent School community in the New York City area, the board of Freedom Institute has reached the difficult decision to close Hallways and thereby end the organization's prevention programming due to its financial unsustainability. 


Hallways’ accomplishments are community accomplishments. Thank you to our many partner schools for their years of investment and dedication to our important work. Thank you to all the parents and community partners who have attended our talks, hosted events, and advocated for social-emotional learning in your schools. Thank you to the students, who showed up with vulnerability in our workshops and allowed us to learn and grow from sharing their realities with us. And finally, thank you to the Hallways team members, past and present, for all the passion, humor, thoughtfulness, and creativity you have all brought over the years. 


We are thrilled to continue the sale of  From the Inside Out: The Hallways Handbook For Raising Emotionally Healthy Adolescents

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