Why Do High School Students Need Social and Emotional Learning?
During high school, relationships with parents and other family members may become more limited. It is a time when teens are trying to establish a sense of identity. This is also a time when teens push away from adults and spend more time with their friends. As they enter high school, teens are faced with increased academic rigor and have fewer social supports. Increased pressure from academic and peer circles can cause stress and anxiety. Inability to surpass social, emotional, and health-related issues in high school can lead students to engage in risk-taking behaviors like:
- drug and alcohol abuse
- violence and bullying
- risky sexual behaviors
School-Connect® is our high school research-based program that targets students in grades 9-12 and one of its major goals is to increase students’ sense of belonging and connectedness to school. There are 60 lessons designed to improve high school students’ social, emotional, and academic skills and strengthen relationships between students and teachers.
Teens In Action
Teens In Action is a 10-month coed civic engagement program designed to teach high school youth skills that are critical to life effectiveness and 21st-century leadership, including developing commitment to community service. Teens partner with local nonprofits to gain awareness and knowledge to be successful adults, business leaders, and global citizens.
What it looks like in practice
Currently, we are implementing School-Connect® at Blake High School in collaboration with our nonprofit partner, the YMCA through their Teen Achievers program. We will be implementing in three classrooms on weekly basis and working with the teacher to support and build social and emotional skills.