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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a student-centered approach that emphasizes building on students' strengths; developing skills through hands-on, experiential learning; giving young people voice in the learning process; and supporting youth through positive relationships with adults over an extended period of time. Commonly used in school and after-school settings, SEL programming offers strategies and techniques helpful to other youth work professionals. Many of these strategies align with the features of effective youth development settings identified by the National Research Council.

We use the term social-emotional wellness as a more holistic term recognizing the complementary relationship between social-emotional health and physical health.

Social and Emotional Learning Toolkit 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a student-centered approach that emphasizes building on students' strengths; developing skills through hands-on, experiential learning; giving young people voice in the learning process; and supporting youth through positive relationships with adults over an extended period of time. Commonly used in school and after-school settings, SEL programming offers strategies and techniques helpful to other youth work professionals. Many of these strategies align with the features of effective youth development settings identified by the National Research Council.

Social-Emotional Learning Toolkit

This SEL Toolkit offers web-based resources to help youth work professionals provide opportunities for social and emotional learning. Resources include manuals, activities, fact sheets, videos, and websites. The Toolkit was assembled by the Risk and Thriving in Adolescence Program Work Team, a collaboration of Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York State 4-H Youth Development, and external stakeholders.

OTHER RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Youth Mental Health First Aid 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Change Direction

The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This initiative was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy.

By bringing together this unprecedented and diverse group of leaders we plan to spark a movement that:

  • frees us to see our mental health as having equal value to our physical health

  • creates a common language that allows us to recognize the signs of emotional suffering in ourselves and others

  • encourages us to care for our mental well-being and the mental well-being of others

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OK 2 TALK

The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better. Submission Guidelines

The Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, one of the world’s leading institutions of research and higher education, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. More Information

2018-19 youth mental health webinar series

Overview of Youth Mental Health (slides) (recording)

Social-Emotional Wellness: For Ourselves (slides) (recording)

Social-Emotional Wellness: For Youth: (slides) (recording)

Please note: the recordings are linked to the Cornell Box file sharing system. You will need to be connected through your VPN.

More Webinars to follow in Winter/Spring 2019

HOW NOT TO TALK TO A CHILD WHO IS OVERWEIGHT

For all the attention paid to weight and its health effects in medical settings, the social and emotional side is often neglected….“Weight is now one of the most frequent reasons kids are teased or bullied”…. In addition to the well-documented effects on children’s mental health and self esteem… research has shown very harmful effects on children’s eating behavior, and increased risk that they will stay sedentary and gain weight.

-Rebecca Puhl, Clinical Psychologist, University of Connecticut; Lead Author, Policy Statement for the American Academy of Pediatrics

Resources to Support Yoga in 4-H*

Sample Yoga Project Sheet (U. of California, Ag and Natural Resources)

What it Takes to Teach Yoga to Teens and Tweens (from Best Practices for Yoga in Schools)

*All programming must be led by a certified yoga instructor. Please contact P.W. Wood or Nigel Gannon if you have any questions.

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