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SEL Demonstration Initiative

By Staff from David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Through the generous support of the Susan Crown Exchange (SCE), the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality is pleased to announce the next phase of the SEL Challenge, the SEL Demonstration Initiative. This phase of the work will focus on demonstrating how the Preparing Youth to Thrive content, training, performance measures and practices can be integrated into youth serving organizations across the country to improve SEL practice. Five afterschool system partners with local, statewide and national reach will participate over the coming year. The organizations are School’s Out Washington (Seattle), Sprockets (St. Paul), After-school All Stars (Los Angeles), Beyond the Bell (Milwaukee) and Wyman. The initiative will culminate in the release of case studies that will highlight the process of how each organization integrated the social and emotional learning supports and these lessons will be shared widely with the field.

The supports will include the performance measures as adapted from the Preparing Youth to Thrive: Methodology and Findings from the SEL Challenge, as well as training and coaching with the SEL Challenge Ambassadors. For more information about the SEL Challenge, watch this video.

We’ll be posting updates and highlights about the SEL Demonstration Initiative here throughout the coming year. And we’ll continue to welcome your stories of ways that you are integrating the Preparing Youth to Thrive materials into your activities and continuous improvement processes. You can submit a resource or story here.

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