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Preparing Youth to Thrive:

Promising practices in social and emotional learning

This video outlines why SEL matters, provides a snapshot of the SEL Challenge and the 6 domains highlighted, and features our two panelists from The Possibilities Project and Voyager Outward Bound School.

Gina McGovern and Haviland Rummel

With panelists Poppy Potter of Voyageur Outward Bound School and Paul Griffin of The Possibility Project

April 6, 2016

What happens when research questions shift from measuring and replicating program outcomes to distilling and disseminating effective program practice? The SEL Challenge was a collaboration between Susan Crown Exchange (SCE), staff teams from eight exemplary youth programs, the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and technical consultants.

This learning community agreed upon a subset of SEL skills that are observable and relevant, developed practical measures and practice standards to promote them, and created a theory to support the infusion of these practices across programs regardless of content. The resulting field guide shares best practices and collective expertise for equipping youth with the social emotional skills they need to thrive. Come learn more about this innovative project, the six social emotional domains highlighted, and engage in a hands-on activity to assess SEL practices and be more intentional about social and emotional skill building in your program.

Download these 5 PDFs from the symposium. We also encourage you to download the full guide at

This symposium was a part of the three-year social and emotional learning symposium series and is sponsored by the Minnesota 4-H Foundation’s Howland Family Endowment for Youth Leadership Development and co-sponsored by Youthprise and SCE.

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