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Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Relationship between Youth Program Quality and Social & Emotional Learning

Our peer-reviewed series of issue briefs is designed to help people understand, connect and champion social and emotional learning in a variety of settings and from a variety of perspectives. The latest brief examines the relationship between youth program quality and the development of social and emotional skills. Bridging high quality youth program with social and emotional outcomes provides powerful potential for program improvement and impact.
The brief outlines the complementary and highly compatible nature of these two efforts in youth programs, and suggests that youth program quality assessments are often a good proxy for a program’s ability to provide environments and experiences where positive social and emotional skills and beliefs can be developed. Herman and Blyth argue that "the intersection of improving youth program quality and improving intentional learning of SEL skills positions youth programs as powerful places for youth to develop essential life skills. Now is the time to use continuous improvement processes to both improve youth program quality and intentionality around social and emotional skills and beliefs." 

Emotional Intelligence: How it interfaces with Social & Emotional Learning

This 13-minute video presentation is focused on understanding how emotional intelligence (EQ) and social and emotional learning (SEL) interface. It was designed to provide adults with a solid grounding for helping youth develop SEL skills. The video was produced as part of Margo Herman's Leading with Emotional Intelligence Fellowship with the National Afterschool Association. The fellowship was designed to develop the emotional intelligence of afterschool leaders. In the Fellowship's inaugural year, 17 afterschool leaders were selected and each fellow received funding to complete a culminating impact project.

Talking with youth about terrorism

Newtown. San Bernardino. Charleston. And now Orlando.

In the wake of intense tragedies, these places have stopped being just cities. Their names have become grief-laden synonyms for terror and loss.

Sara Langworthy discusses how to talk to youth about terrorism and mass shootings in this week's Youth Development Insight.  Join the conversation!

Join us at our upcoming events!

Social and Emotional Learning in Practice

Try our newest signature program, Social and Emotional Learning in Practice on Sept. 15! Participants who have taken this course say:

"Great presentation! Very informative and useful."

"I appreciate the tangible terms and easy-to-infuse practices for my program - like the charts, worksheet, acronyms, examples we covered." 

Get more information and register.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Professional development opportunities

courageous heARTS, an arts-based youth center in south Minneapolis, is hosting a bazaar and community gathering on Aug. 6-7, 2016 at 4164 Cedar Ave. S from 10-4 p.m. each day. They are currently seeking emerging youth artists ages 10-25 to sell their work during this event. Baked goods and art supplies will also be for sale to support our donation-based studio and Youth Advisory Board.

Interested in selling your work?
Table fees are $40 for the whole weekend and artists keep all sales. To apply, complete this interest form.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Community job openings

Project for Pride in Living: Resident Services

Join the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps team at PPL! We’re looking for two members with a passion for bringing tech skills and access to people with lower incomes. You’ll provide 1:1 and group tech-based services at housing sites; connect residents to employment, education, and tools needed to reach their career goals!

YouthCARE Program Specialist

The Program Specialist is responsible for planning, organizing and leading activities for 13-18 year old youth participants who live in St. Paul. Activities include: art based learning, after school tutoring and homework help, social and recreational events, and leadership development.  

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