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Pushing Capable College Students into the Working World

How WINGSLeaders are a bright part of the future

Over the last 16 years we've helped thousands of kids soar in school, life, and on to college and other promising endeavors.

WINGS has also impacted the lives of hundreds of WINGSLeaders, the mentors who teach our kids powerful lessons in social and emotional learning (SEL) while inevitably strengthening their own skills and character. We've seen them soar on to promising careers including principals, teachers, lawyers, marketing execs, youth development workers, and guidance counselors. Not only are our WINGSLeaders making a difference with the kids they spend 2 to 4 years with, they are going on to achieve personal success in a variety of professions. These young leaders are a bright light in our future world. Studies show 90% of top workplace performers have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

This impact is so deep that we recently addressed and added its effect to our Theory of Change.

When college students serve as WINGSLeaders for a year or more, they develop and deepen their own social and emotional skills while building meaningful relationships with kids and healthy relationships with peers leading to the utilization of these skills to gain success professionally as educators, youth leaders, and business leaders to achieve success personally as partners, parents, and youth mentors.

One of the main reasons we believe our WINGSLeaders develop skills that help them succeed personally and professionally is our dedication and commitment to their training. We train our WINGSLeaders approximately 65 hours a year, focusing largely on SEL. Research shows that social and emotional skills can be developed at any age. As our staff develops SEL skills in their kids, they in turn build and strengthen their own.

This amazing metamorphosis has just multiplied as a result of our out of state expansion to 2 more schools- last week we finished up 2012-13 training for over 70 college students from Charleston and Atlanta! Two girls, new to our flock this year, were WINGS kids themselves in our very first year of service!

WINGSLeaders representing such schools as the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Georgia State University gathered in Charleston for a week-long, intensive training. The training focused on the components of SEL, leadership, child development, behavior management techniques, and WINGS basics.

In conjunction with training, we ran a summer camp for 110 kids which served as a learning laboratory for our staff. New WINGSLeaders had an opportunity to watch experienced WINGSLeaders in action and gain practice with kids while being coached and mentored by our full- time program staff.

The result: Our six programs are ready to soar into a new school year and our 70 WINGSLeaders are ready to serve WINGS, themselves and the future!

Take a look at some photos from this year's training.



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