Mission and Vision
We are a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to empower educators and other youth services professionals with training, coaching and research-based resources to equip students with social and emotional skills. How is this accomplished? Through social and emotional learning. We teach a core set of social and emotional attitudes, values, and skills that help children, teens, and adults more effectively handle life challenges to succeed in academic, social, and professional environments. In short, we teach youth and adults to manage their emotions so that those emotions do not manage them.
Building a framework of success for youth
In today’s rapidly changing world, there are many challenges that impact our ability to act appropriately in any personal or professional situation. If we strip down the facts, evidence, and research, we’ll see that the root of the problem exists in the lack of one basic skill – our ability to manage our emotions. Why is this skill so important? Because our emotions control every single decision we make, and our decisions frame who we are.
IQ is no longer enoughGrowing research shows that without strong social and emotional intelligence (SEL), we are not equipped with all the tools and skills we each need to succeed in life. Although success is measured differently for youth and adults, research shows that:
- Youth who receive SEL education experience less emotional stress, fewer conduct problems, have higher test scores and grades, and more pro-social behaviors than youth who do not receive SEL education. (Peyton, et al., 2008).
- Adults who develop high emotional intelligence are better leaders and performers; they experience more personal and professional success than those with low emotional intelligence. In all areas, emotional intelligence is twice as important as IQ in getting to where you want to go in life! (Bradberry, 2009)
Top 3 reasons our mission/organization is important
1. We provide the missing piece of the puzzle.
2. We improve the odds that youth and adults will be successful in life.
3. IQ is no longer enough.