What is SEL?

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through experiences that children and young adults obtain & effectively apply needed knowledge, skills and feelings necessary to display proper emotional intelligence, set positive achievable goals, display empathy for the surrounding world, maintain meaningful positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

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The Five Core SEL Competencies

  • Self-Awareness.

  • Self-Management.

  • Social Awareness.

  • Relationship Skills.

  • Responsible Decision-Making.

SEL can look foreign to marginalized groups, The KIT Project fills in the gap....

 

SEL work can be difficult as it can challenge assumptions and ask participants to stretch beyond their sphere of comfort. In society in which parts of Black and Brown culture and personhood are often erased, co-opted, deemed negative or hidden, it is important to lift up the aspects of culture and heritage that all participants feel are positive parts of their identity. 

 

According to  a study published in Social Science and Medicine...

"Negative psychological outcomes are not only present in adults, but have been found to appear in children of color as early as 12 years of age. However, the toll of racial trauma and stress is not limited to psychological outcomes. The negative effects of racial trauma also affects  physical health outcomes."

The KIT Project's main mission is to embrace and impact negative effects of the different traumas experienced by marginalized youth.