Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children, youth and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Proficiency in SEL is key to building relationships, emotional and behavioral regulation, and making decisions; all of which play important roles in how we learn and engage with the world around us. In fact, SEL has been found to be as vital to school and work success as academic knowledge!
Rural Response for Healthy Children is the recipient of Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and financial support from Tanner Steffler Foundation to increase the social and emotional learning of youth and their trusted adults. A Community Report on the first two phases of the project is now available. A trusted adult may be a parent, teacher or coach (there are others!). Over the next two school years, starting in September 2019, Rural Response for Healthy Children is offering workshops and activities to support SEL understanding and deepen community understanding as to the importance of these skills.