About Us

Awards and Recognition

A strong track record of helping kids succeed distinguishes WINGS in the field of youth development.

Media Highlights and Mentions

In- and after-school programs aim to combat mental health effects that COVID-19 worsened
Youth Today | September 13, 2022

In Order to Teach Social-Emotional Learning, Educators Need to Live It
The74 | September 7, 2022

San Diego Moms: Explaining Social Emotional Learning and How to Teach It
Times of San Diego | August 27, 2022

Bridget Laird of Wings for Kids on the 5 Things Parents Can Do to Help Their Children Thrive and Excel in School
Authority Magazine | August 22, 2022

As Terms Like ‘SEL’ Draw Fire, Organizations Supporting Schools Sharpen Their Message
Education Week | June 13, 2022

How (and Why) Social and Emotional Learning Can Help Kids Become Better Adults
POPSUGAR Family | December 17, 2020

Powerful SEL is Happening After School, Too
Edutopia | February 12, 2020

Not Many Afterschool Programs Teach Social-Emotional Learning. Wings for Kids Does, and New Gold Standard Study Finds It’s Working for Low-Income Students
The 74 | January 13, 2020

Out-of-school Time SEL Prepares Young People for Workforce
Youth Today | July 18, 2018

5 Reasons Why Social Emotional Learning and After School are the Perfect Match
Education Week | July 16, 2018

3 Ways to Help Educators Develop Social Emotional Skills 
Getting Smart | June 14, 2018

3 Things Everyone Should Know About SEL in Afterschool
National Afterschool Association | April 10, 2018

Analysis: 5 Ways Adults Can Develop Children With Strong Social and Emotional Skills by Bridget Laird
The 74 | December 18, 2017

From Alabama to Wyoming, Outstanding Charities in Every State
Parade | November 24, 2017

Circle Up: Teaching social-emotional skills year-round
Ed Source | August 9, 2017

Pomona Unified School District Grows Partnership with Wings for Kids to Support Students’ Social and Emotional Learning
Globe Newswire | August 1, 2017

The Wallace Foundation commissioned guide to 25 evidence-based SEL programs was released in May of 2017, offering detailed information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about what to use to develop key skills and competencies. Written by Harvard education researcher Stephanie Jones, Navigating SEL from the Inside Out: Looking Inside & Across 25 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers highlights Wings for Kids as one of the 25 evidence-based programs!

Do After-School Programs Positively Impact Children?
The Atlantic | March 23, 2017

Trump budget casualty: After-school programs for 1.6 million kids. Most are poor.
The Washington Post | March 6, 2017

The Reflective Principal: How Struggling Students Can Soar
Principal Magazine | September/October 2016

Focus on Social-Emotional Learning Leads to Improved Attendance, Behavior
Education Week | September 2016

Supportive After-school Learning Environments
After-school Today | Winter 2016

This After-School Program Uses Social-Emotional Learning to Help Students Soar
Education Week | April 2016

Looking Beyond the Numbers, Achieving High Performance
The Center for Effective Philanthropy | April 2015

Response to “Rethinking How Students Succeed” | After-school learning can contribute so much to developing effective learners
Stanford Social Innovation Review | March 2015

The New Kid on the Block
Youth Today | November 2014

Program helping youngsters handle emotions expands Education Week
Education Week | September 2011

Developing emotional connections is important
School Age Notes | May 2010

Spreading Our WINGS: Using Performance Data to Prepare for Scale-Up
Harvard Evaluation Exchange | April 2010

Emotional Intelligence helps children cope with stress & turmoil
School-Age Notes | April 2009

Wings for Kids Welcomes Three New Board Members
CRBJ Biz Wire | March 14, 2023

“Heart Smarts”: James Clyburn visits Wings for Kids event at Harbison West Elementary
WACHFox57 | February 16, 2023

Commentary: Kids and adults need lessons in life skills now more than ever
Post & Courier | April 7, 2022

‘So much opportunity’: Project Scientist provides STEM programs to young girls
Spectrum Local News: Charlotte | February 17, 2022

Education Spotlight – Wings for Kids reaches 2.2 million students with new virtual program
Lowcountry Parent | December 30, 2020

COVID-19 has traumatized SC kids. Advocates think social-emotional learning will help.
Post & Courier | December 29, 2020

Check Mate! North Charleston School Teaching Valuable Lessons in the Game of Life
Fox 24 Charleston | January 26, 2019

Students celebrate diversity through pen pal project
The New Irmo News | January 3, 2019

Social emotional learning can help counter SC’s education inequities
The Post and Courier | December 24, 2018

Wings for Kids nonprofit champions social-emotional learning for at-risk children
Faith & Leadership at Duke University | October 31, 2017

Wings for Kids: Promoting SEL in Afterschool
Learning in Afterschool & Summer | October 25, 2017

Students at Burns Elementary in North Charleston start snack store to raise money for hungry kids
The Post & Courier | July 4, 2017

After-School Programs Face Cuts Under Trump’s Proposed Budget
WABE 90.1 | March 29, 2017

Trump budget would clip ‘WINGS’ of after-school program for S.C. kids
The Post & Courier | March 25, 2017

Wings for Kids combats racism by fostering friendship
The Post & Courier | January 2017

Mentors in APS and Fulton help kids in social, emotional learning
The Atlanta Journal Constitution | January 2017

Hornets Star Michael Kidd Gilchrist helps keep kids in “right direction”
WBTV | October 2016

After-School Program Teaches Socialization
The Charlotte Post | February 2016

Bridging prep school and Title I, pen pals meet for first time
Post & Courier | December 2015

Key to understanding: Step into one another’s shoes
Post & Courier | November 2015

Wings for Kids teaches less privileged kids social skills so they can soar in life
Post & Courier | November 2015

S.C. nonprofit teaching about emotions at Bruns Academy
Charlotte Observer | September 2014

Four Charleston County schools win federal grants to help students after school
Post & Courier | September 2014

AmeriCorps awards $3.4M in grants to Georgia
Atlanta Business Chronicle | August 2014

The Charleston Profile: Flying High
Charleston Magazine | August 2014

Teach children to make good choices: WINGSLeader pens Op Ed
Post & Courier | July 2014

Best in class: Atlanta WINGS programs awarded $1million+ in grants
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | July 2014

After School program WINGS receives $410,000 grant from Wallace Foundation
Post & Courier | July 2014

Character Counts: SC ED pens Letter to Editor
Post & Courier | April 2014

Measure your philanthropic investment like any business deal
Charleston Regional Business Journal | December 2013

SC-based WINGS receives $2.5 million grant
The State | July 2013

$2.5M grant to help grow kids’ program
Post & Courier | July 2013

Innovative SC learning program expands to Atlanta
The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) | September 2012

WINGS poised for takeoff
Post & Courier | August 2012

CEO Bridget Laird’s Letter to the Editor
Post & Courier | May 2012

Getting To Know… Bridget Laird Lowcountry Parent Magazine
Lowcountry Parent Magazine | October 2011

In-focus: Education program subject of $2.8 million study
Charleston Regional Business Journal | August 2011

Where Are They Now? Bridget Laird Durkan ’98
NC State Alumni Magazine | July 2011

College students gain leadership from service
Post & Courier | January 2011

Taking WINGS To New Heights
Post & Courier | November 2010

Dancing to raise funds
Post & Courier | June 2010

Sector Switchers
Charleston Regional Business Journal: Philanthropy | November 2009

Emotional Smarts Key To Navigating Life’s Challenges
Atlanta Journal Constitution | February 2009