Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills associated with self-awareness, self-management, social interactions, and responsible decision-making. It helps students set and achieve positive goals while assisting them with feeling and showing empathy to themselves and others. While we tend to emphasize the daily impact our students and families experience with our programs, AYS is inherently future-focused. We take pride in partnering with schools to better prepare young people for life in today’s complex and diverse world with more than just academic content and skills. Social-emotional and cognitive development doesn’t just prepare students for their futures – it benefits them right now. Research shows that an education that promotes SEL has a positive impact on a wide range of outcomes, including academic performance, classroom behavior, mental wellness, and more. These regulatory abilities now translate into in-demand skills for young adults entering the job market. These skills include, but are not limited to:
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
Extending SEL learning opportunities to out-of-school time, such as AYS’ before school, after school, and break programming, can be a key strategy in school districts’ plans to support and enhance students’ academic, social, emotional, and cognitive skills in the months and years ahead. A high-quality enrichment program can provide students with hours of positive socialization and learning every week. Our students are always excited to learn and share more about themselves and their friends! AYS programs incorporate SEL into daily curriculum with activities like journaling, “About Me” share sessions, group building projects, and more. Our youth development team members take advantage of SEL training opportunities and utilize what they learn in each program, but especially during full-day break camps! We are currently enrolling for Spring Break Camp – learn more here.