Leading Education and Out-of-School Time Organizations Participate in Second Annual SEL in Afterschool Day

Milestone Day Serves as Touchpoint for Funders, Experts, and Leaders to Amplify Support of Social Emotional Learning in Afterschool

Charleston, S.C., May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today marks the second annual SEL in Afterschool Day, an opportunity for education organizations, practitioners, funders, and experts to celebrate the intersection of social emotional learning (SEL) and afterschool.

The milestone day, convened by WINGS for Kids, a nationwide afterschool program focused solely on SEL, serves as a touchpoint for thought leaders in the space to amplify their collective voice in support of SEL in afterschool.

Nearly 20 education organizations are joining WINGS in the effort, posting data, best practices, success stories, and graphics in support of SEL in afterschool on social media using the hashtag #SELinAfterschool. Partners include CASEL, City Year, the Forum for Youth Investment, and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

“We are excited to partner with these incredible organizations who are doing great work at the intersection of SEL and afterschool,” said Bridget Laird, chief executive officer of WINGS for Kids. “SEL in Afterschool Day is a celebration of our collective efforts to bring these incredible opportunities for learning and growth to kids across the country and we’re proud to highlight the work of our partners.”

Research shows that when kids regularly participate in high-quality afterschool SEL programs, they have improved behavior, earn better grades and test scores, and feel a stronger attachment to school. Kids are also less likely to engage in bullying, aggressive behavior, and drug use.

“When SEL and afterschool come together, amazing things can happen,” said Laird. “We will continue to share our stories and successes showing the positive, lasting impact of SEL in afterschool. Together, we can help all kids develop the skills they need to succeed and thrive in life.”

To participate in SEL in Afterschool Day, download the SEL in Afterschool Day partner toolkit.

To learn more about WINGS for Kids and the positive impact of SEL in afterschool, please visit their website.

About WINGS for Kids

WINGS for Kids is a nonprofit education program that equips at-risk kids with the skills they need to succeed in school, stay in school, and thrive in life. WINGS’ evidence-based approach combines a comprehensive social emotional learning curriculum, engaging afterschool programming, and high-quality training and professional development for practitioners and adults. As a result, the program fosters the mindset, skills, and confidence children need to behave well, make good decisions, and build healthy relationships.



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