Social and Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning is the field that analyzes the ways in which children process and develop social and emotional competencies. The premise being that children learn best within a context that involves supportive relationships, challenging and innovative learning environments, and settings that promote good citizenship and work habits. SEL programming is used across age groups to help prevent, disrupt and dissuade youth from engaging in many risk behaviors while at the same time promoting skill sets that focus on positive activities, planning and relationship building. Although SEL programming is often times used as a broad, inclusive umbrella for youth programs, it’s outcomes are often associated with youth self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.