Social Emotional Learning

Our Approach to Social Emotional Learning


All learning is social and emotional and every opportunity is ripe for social and emotional skill development. We use an early and comprehensive approach grounded in the principles of positive youth development and evidence-based social emotional learning practices to foster the mindsets, skills, and confidence within each child to behave well, make good decisions, and build healthy relationships – skills necessary for success in school and life. Our approach provides a unique depth of implicit and explicit teaching by weaving social emotional learning throughout the program time or school day.

Three Pillars: Culture, Adult Skills, Curriculum

Words to Live By

The foundation for everything we say, do, and teach in our programs are our Words to Live By. Providing a common language that both staff and kids can relate to, each phrase – a mini-lesson in itself – summarizes one of the five core competencies of SEL. This kid-friendly pledge can be used to guide behavior, choices, interactions with others, and responses to life’s circumstances. Our afterschool programs start each day with these words – recited together by the youngest kindergartners to the most seasoned teachers.

I Soar with Wings Children’s Book

Easy and fun to learn, the pages of I Soar with Wings equips kids with the language to navigate life’s ups and downs.


Watch the Book Trailer