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Equipping Staff

Expertise in social and emotional learning (SEL) begins with a foundation in good youth development practices and grows as you gain a deeper understanding. Staff need to be fluent in the concepts and language of SEL in order to be effective. This section has activities to help your staff build their understanding and fluency of SEL, recognize their cultural values and recognize how their program supports and aligns with high quality youth programs that support SEL skills.

Download the entire Equipping Staff section.

Ways of Being Model

Facilitate a discussion with staff about the Ways of Being model to deepen their understanding of SEL.

Ways of Being Quick Guides

Teach staff about SEL with these summaries of the Ways of Being model.

Ways of Being Scenarios

Spark a conversation with staff using these stories about youth and SEL.

SEL + Program Map

Reflect on how your program supports social and emotional skill development.

Mapping Cultural Values

Identify personal cultural values and preferences that influence SEL.

Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment

Assess your ability to be aware of, understand, and manage your emotions.

SAFE-R Corners

Explore and share the ways that your program is designed to be SAFE-R.

Quality Learning Environment

Discover the alignment between the Youth Program Quality Pyramid and SEL.


People who use this toolkit say:

"The toolkit provided answers and guidance in some of the key issues that staff face when facilitating intentional SEL programming and projects. I thought that the materials were presented at an appropriate, understandable, and easy-to-facilitate manner. Many of the activities can be easily incorporated into many different types existing programming to deepen the social and emotional learning of the youth in that program. I already have ideas for how the activities could help support the work that we do in our programming."

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