Since the beginning, afterschool programs have been places where children and young people can connect to positive adult mentors, feel safe to try new things, and have the opportunity to learn new skills. Whether academic, artistic, or athletics-focused, afterschool programs offer the chance to develop social and emotional learning (SEL) skills like self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management, and relationship skills like communication, teamwork, and collaboration.
That means there is a lot to celebrate, especially during Lights On Afterschool! Bring SEL to your event with these ideas.
With generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Youth Service America (YSA) will award Afterschool Grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs. Grants are offered on a competitive application basis and open to any afterschool program that meets the following requirements:
Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 4 at 11:59 p.m. your local time. Apply here. Please contact Karen Daniel, Vice President of Programs, with application questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for ways to engage your students with peers from different backgrounds to build social emotional skills?
Look no further. Empatico connects groups of students ages 6-11 with peers domestically and around the world. Through a combination of live video and activities, youth have the opportunity to connect and find common ground with others that come from very different backgrounds through meaningful conversations that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy.