Joyce Moore, Education and Teens In Action Intern
Becoming an intern at Frameworks as a student at the University of South Florida has really captured some realities that I’ve thought imaginative for many years. As an emotionally driven individual I find that social emotional intelligence is an important factor to a stable mindset.
With the five principals of SEL being self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making and relationship skills, I feel as though they can be applied to every part of life: home, work, school, etc. I am proud to be a part of such a fascinating organization that stresses theses five principals so strongly. So many students, K-12, all over the county are taught and exercising their SEL knowledge as I have learned first-hand from some of the students involved in Teens in Action.
I have thought to myself many times how I wish that these ideas were presented to me and my peers as grade school students. Getting older and more educated calls for more focus and awareness, which is a key area that SEL becomes effective. I had the opportunity to meet with some of the students of the Teens In Action program and their passion alone is enough to cause me to re-evaluate some of my academic decisions as a student and young adult. While I have volunteered for years and still do today, these students inspire me to be more. Their voluntary involvement in the community exemplifies true strength and leadership alongside their desire to expand their horizon. Many of the students have found multiple, additional organizations that they would like to volunteer and share their Social Emotional knowledge. SEL is an effective practice with lessons for any and every one that last a lifetime.
Learn more about Teens In Action here.