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Form a youth led After School Club Committee
This is the perfect way to encourage youth development and student ownership of the program. The Committee can conduct surveys and take charge of the voting process. They can also help ask Program Leaders what they would like to teach before the voting process takes place to ensure that there will be someone teaching that particular club. See all the tips.


Self-Management: What’s Your Marshmallow?

December marked the end of the Fall semester and also the last ExCEL SEL Meeting of 2016! Our December SEL Meeting focused on self-management. Self-Management is the second of the four mindsets (Growth, Self-Management, Self-Efficacy, and Social Awareness) and includes:

  • setting plans and working toward goals
  • overcoming obstacles
  • regulating emotions
  • advocating for oneself

After watching “The Marshmallow Test,” Site Coordinators at December's meeting had a chance to discuss self-management strengths and challenges with students, staff, and themselves. They also worked in groups to strategize how to build on existing strengths and creating a positive environment to manage reactions and emotions.

  • Some of the self-management strengths mentioned for students at the Elementary level included positive behavior, talking about feelings and impulse control while challenges included distractions and giving up when things get too hard.
  • At the Middle School level, staff strengths were highlighted using praise (Cheers for Peers), modeling positive examples and new opportunities.

Every program has different ways of handling self-management in their After School community. One easy way of supporting both your staff and students is to provide a few minutes of your time to check-in and offer a listening ear.

We hope you had a restful break and are ready to start 2017 with fresh ideas!

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