Teaching Youth Skills They Need for Success & Happiness
Organized by: Louise Gomer Bangel
The Center for Social-Emotional Learning based in Cincinnati, Ohio, teaches young people from K-12 how to manage their emotions, communicate and express their feelings, work together to solve problems and conflicts, increase their self-confidence and appreciate differences. Our highly interactive, in-school workshops help students develop the social-emotional skills they need to increase their happiness and success in school, at home, and in their communities. Your support is needed for us to continue this work as we now only have support from individuals and an agency that funds prevention work in the schools. We need your support in order to cover our overhead. We only have a part-time director, a part-time training coordinator, and just a virtual office. We are operating on a shoe string but three schools are having us present our program this year: two elementaries and a high school. After working with high school ninth graders last school year, that school hired us to come in and do a summer Bridge program with their incoming seventh and eighth graders to give them a better chance for success as they start their new school. Student comments in May, 2016 include: I learned how to handle situations in life, work as a group, control my anger, solve problems without violence, be respectful, responsible and caring, and how to work with people I don't like. I learned that I can count on anyone in my group and to embrace who I am. Talking stuff out helps with problems. How to tell people how you feel about something that's hurting you. I love this program and want to be a leader in it. This program has taught me a lot. Our ultimate goal is to get social-emotional learning integrated into the regular school curriculum. Schools are realizing how important these skills and attitudes are if they want to achieve their academic goals too.