Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate care and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively. Social and emotional learning is fundamental, not only to children’s social and emotional development, but also to their health, ethical development, citizenship, motivation to achieve, and academic learning.
There are five core competencies of the Social and Emotional Learning Program intended for youth to develop at our Club. These include self-awareness, social awareness, healthy relationships, emotional regulation, and responsible decision-making.
Self-awareness, social awareness, and healthy relationships are imperative to an individual’s well-being. Skills that are developed in terms of having a healthy relationship with the self include identifying emotions and self-confidence. Skills that are developed in terms of having a healthy relationship with others include empathy, respect, communication, teamwork, relationship building, perspective-taking. Emotional regulation is an important social and emotional skill that includes impulse control, self-discipline, stress management, and self-motivation. Responsible decision-making is crucial for youth of all ages. Skills in relation to responsible decision-making include analyzing situations, evaluating, reflecting, and goal setting.
Many local children are facing significant social, emotional, and mental health barriers which impact their success in both school and home life. At the Club, we are enthusiastic about providing children with comprehensive social and emotional learning programs, distinguished by safe and caring learning environments.