Our Social Emotional after-school programs are designed as a fun educational experiences where students learn to improve their social skills in guided activities that encourage them to engage with each other and adults in positive and proactive ways.  We combine the guided Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practice with hands-on STEM activities.  (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.)

 

  • Personal friendships are built on shared interests, feelings, and experiences. Children learn each other’s communication style, begin to stick up for each other, answer each other’s questions honestly, and enjoy spending time together.

 

  • Communication skills give children an avenue to express themselves and their ideas while learning from others in the same way.

 

  • Assertiveness: Children benefit learning the importance of assertiveness early.  Assertive behavior improves learning potential because assertive students are more likely to ask questions, take responsibility for their choices and decisions, and gain leadership experience.  

 

  • Self-advocacy is when children stick up for themselves to tell others their needs and wants or ask for help when they don’t understand.

 

  • Personal Responsibility means understanding your role as a teammate and friend. It is accepting the responsibility for one’s own words and actions. It is also important to hold oneself accountable for mistakes, errors, or short-comings when they arise.

 

  • Leadership: when a person develops a strong sense of personal responsibility, it is natural for leadership traits to develop as well. Children who develop the confidence of a leader will benefit throughout their lifetime.

 

  • Team Learning: Learning as part of a team allows children to fit in more comfortably with their family, friends, and communities.  The ability to be a strong collaborative partner or teammate opens doors by teaching kids how to apply their specific skills to the help others in a group effort.