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.
Evidence for SELSEL is an evidence-based approach to youth programming; it is not a program in itself. Providing youth with opportunities to develop social and emotional competencies has been shown to decrease problem behaviors and increase school connectedness, achievement, attendance, and positive social behaviors.
Research has also identified after-school program features that make positive SEL outcomes more likely. Best practice programs are "SAFE":
- Sequential: skills are taught through sequenced activities
- Active: youth have opportunities to actively practice skills
- Focused: focused time is set aside for skill development
- Explicit: programs explicitly target specific skills
Toolkit: SEL Core Competencies and StrategiesThe Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified the following interrelated core competency areas that are nurtured in SEL programming. In this toolkit, we use the CASEL framework to describe a set of instructional practices and resources that can be incorporated in any youth programming. Click on the links for tools and resources.
- Self-awareness: the ability to identify our own feelings, as well as how our feelings and thoughts influence what we do
- Self-management: the ability to manage our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in a variety of contexts
- Social awareness: the ability to understand and empathize with others' points of view
- Relationship skills: the ability to communicate and connect with a range of people in a healthy way
- Responsible decision making: the ability to make positive choices about how we behave