SEL (Social Emotional Learning) encompasses a range of life skills crucial for navigating life’s complexities. Of course, these at-risk youth need academics, but they need life skills that go beyond academics.
What life skills encompass Social and Emotional Learning:
Nurturing Self-Awareness – enabling youth to recognize and understand their emotions. If they understand their emotions, they can learn to manage stress, control behavior and develop strength and hope. This improves mental health.
Developing Empathy and Understanding – helping youth to see their strengths and weaknesses and other’s perspectives they develop empathy, understanding and respect for others. These life skills help with reducing conflict and fostering a culture of compassion.
Building Improved Relationship Skills – making sure youth learn about healthy relationships. They learn this through effective communication such as using active listening skills and conflict resolution skills.
- Encouraging Responsible Decision Making – many at-risk youths drop out of school. This is not a sound decision. By learning about why it is a better decision to stay in school, the youth have knowledge to make a better decision. The youth need to learn to weigh the consequences of their decisions.