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Mindful Me! A 4-H Mindfulness Curriculum
Body Positive Cornell Resources
NIFA Social-Emotional Factsheet
Updated Presentation on Social-Emotional Wellness

Resources to Support Yoga in 4-H Programming*

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.


Mindfulness Activities and Annotated Bibliography (U. of California, Ag and Natural Resources)

From Cornell:

         On the Mind-Body Connection
 What is Mindfulness Meditation
 A Focus on Guided Meditation
Cornell Minds Matter


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.


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


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.

The Bully Project

     Social-Emotional Learning Toolkit

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.

OK2Talk (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Teens and young adults who live with mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.


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.

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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.

Research suggests that developing students’ social and emotional intelligence improves their academic achievement and overall well-being. Our work goes one step further: We believe that cultivating positive qualities such as compassion, gratitude, and mindfulness will lead to a wider transformation, as children mature into young adults who place care, empathy, and social connection at the center of their lives and society. The seeds of these qualities are present from early in life; we often just need to nurture them. One of the most important factors is a caring teacher, who can model these qualities and weave them into classroom lessons. More Information