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MVHS student starts nonprofit to improve teens’ mental, physical health

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Mountain View HIgh School junior Bryan Bru recently launched a nonprofit called Wellbeing.

After months of website design and legal work, Mountain View High School junior Bryan Bru recently launched Wellbeing, a nonprofit organization aimed at improving teenagers’ mental and physical health.

“What inspired me to start Wellbeing is my love in collaborating and essentially helping people,” the Los Altos resident said.

The organization this week is scheduled to host the first of four events featuring guest speakers via Zoom. The initial event, set for 7 p.m. Friday, is on mental fitness. It will feature two speakers: Jared Palmer, a professional tennis player with 29 ATP titles; and Todd Musselman, a leadership trainer.

Although tailored to teens, Wellbeing’s events are free and open to all ages.

“I encourage people to attend to get a different perspective on the role purpose plays in the human experience and the profound impact it can have,” Musselman said. “It is a fun, interactive and thought-provoking presentation.”

According to Bru, mental fitness is one of four pillars that make up the foundation of Wellbeing, along with physical exercise, nutrition and sleep. Each of these concepts will have a corresponding speaker event in the coming months.

The founder added that he chose the pillars because of his own experiences. An avid soccer player, Bru said he follows a balanced diet, 10-hour sleep schedule and has attended motivational speaker events. He called the four pillars “life-changing.”

“With well-established nutrition, physical exercise, mental fitness and sleep, teenagers can greatly benefit and improve their lives,” he said.

Wellbeing is starting to attract notice, recently receiving an endorsement from actor Ashton Kutcher. Bru reached out via email to the actor, who responded with words of support. Kutcher said he loved to see students like Bru “making the world better.”

Wellbeing’s next event, scheduled 7 p.m. Dec. 4, will focus on the pillar of sleep and feature author Agapi Stassinopoulos as guest speaker. All attendees will receive a free copy of her most recent book, “Wake Up to the Joy of You.”

Bru said he hopes to further his impact by eventually expanding the nonprofit nationally as well as hosting in-person speaker events.

“I’m hoping to cover a lot of high schools, and give them the opportunity to sign up and benefit from these programs,” he said. “I want them to gain knowledge on the fundamental pillars.”

To register for a Wellbeing event and for more information, visit wellbeing4youth.org.

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