Equipping kids with the social emotional skills to succeed in school, stay in school and thrive in life.
Why Social Emotional Learning?
More than 12 million US kids live in poverty. Children from low-income families miss more days of school, have lower vocabulary and lag significantly behind their wealthier peers. The type of learning kids receive during school does not do enough to close this gap.
Research shows that social emotional learning significantly helps to foster the mindsets, skills, and confidence within each child to manage emotions, make good decisions, and build healthy relationships – skills necessary for success in school and life.
Our research proves that social emotional learning results in higher self-esteem, lessened anxiety, measurable academic improvements, improved classroom behavior, significant display of executive function and increased attachment to school.
What We Do
WINGS Afterschool creates an environment where kids can be kids. We provide high-quality social emotional learning through fresh and fun afterschool programming. Kids get the skills they need to succeed and a safe place to call home afterschool.Learn More
Trainings and Workshops
Our professional development empowers youth workers and organizations with the skills to strengthen their own programming with social emotional learning. Interactive and engaging, sessions use our research-based approach to SEL and behavior management.
We help organizations implement and build capacity for effective social emotional learning initiatives that are high quality and high impact. We work closely with districts, schools and community-based organizations to create comprehensive in-school and out-of-school change.Learn More
The chronic absenteeism rate of WINGS kids (the national chronic absenteeism rate is 16%)
Number of kids soaring
WINGS kids received 51% fewer office referrals than non-WINGS kids
Hear From a Student
"WINGS helped me when I had a lot of conflicts; now I have straightened up and earned a Behavior Improvement award. I love it!"See More
Hear From a Leader
"I'm currently a special education teacher in New York City, supporting students with various barriers to academic achievement. While my job is challenging, I'm able to enter the classroom each day with confidence and skills built in large part from my experience with WINGS."Keep Reading
Hear From an Alum
"WINGS gave me something to look forward to and a positive outlook on life. When I was coming up in a negative environment where I saw lots of negative things, I learned it was better to go to WINGS than to be caught up in things in the neighborhood..."Read More
Hear From a Principal
"When our children first walked into school, no one was smiling, heads were down. They go through a lot of traumatic experiences on a daily basis. WINGS gave them a safe place to feel loved."Watch Now