Youth Development

Program Goal

Enhance the social-emotional well-being of every student by encouraging connectedness through relationships and skill building resulting in healthy school climates and academic success.

Regional Priority: Supporting students’ mental health, and their social & emotional well-being

Social-Emotional Learning

What is social-emotional learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (CASEL) 

Social and Emotional Competence [NYSED]

“Social and emotional competence is the ability to understand, manage and express the social and emotional aspects of one’s life in ways that enable the successful management of life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, solving everyday problems, and adapting to the complex demands of growth and development” (Elias et al, 1997)