Our mission is to provide social emotional learning through mentorship and guidance by teachers from the same demographics to children within the marginalized communities through an artform created by their culture.
WHAT IS SEL?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a broad term that defines the process through which an individual learns about themselves and others. This can be divided into 5 core competencies per CASEL:
Dance has been personal to each of us as individuals, teaching us immeasurable lessons and allowing us to reclaim ourselves as who we are. We created the Social Emotional Learning program to provide the youth to use as tools in surpassing their challenges, just as we personally have throughout our lives.
The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior.
The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on various considerations.
The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations.
The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
The ability to take the perspective and empathize with others.
Our program follows the Aspen Institute's recommendations by developmental and cultural alignment, bridging programs to integrate them into a relevant community, and providing mentorship with leaders from their own neighborhoods and/or with similar backgrounds and challenges.
Our programming is divided into 3 sections:
1. Clinician led teachers training.
2. Classroom implementation
3. Evidence based measurement and evaluation
Our teachers training is composed of Trauma Informed, Cultural Humility (competence), Crisis Intervention and Empowerment Language Training. We use a “toolbox” for classroom implementation, a collection of life and dance lessons compiled from students and teachers, from which the instructor can pick from and teach for the class.
This allows fluidity in the structure and encourages better engagement between the student and teachers. Our measurement and outcomes have been created utilizing resources from CASEL.
Our outcome measurements are based on the students' capabilities to:
1) To describe their own emotions and how it personally impacts them.
2) To manage their emotions.
3) To understand others' emotions.
4) To relate with others' emotions.
5) To use the tools learned in class in navigating through challenges in their life.
6) To grow as an individual in a positive way using tools provided to them in class.
We have previously operated through public schools in the Boston area and online private lessons for students in the city of Pittsfield. However, we are open to expanding our reach depending on the availability of our teachers as we are still in the piloting phase of our framework.
More information in regards to our programming can be requested through an email to .
Our mentors are recruited from our dance community based on merit and their level of engagement with their craft. We believe in having mentors who can relate to the student, thus establishing trust alongside a one on one relationship, is pivotal in doing this work.
We value partnerships, and are open for communication, comments, and questions. If you’re interested in sponsoring, volunteering, becoming a teacher, working as an administrator, funding, partnering, or just want more information, please contact us at:
Support our Program
When supporting our programming, your contribution will go towards compensating the teachers, hosting sessions, an end of the year performance, supplies (notebooks, pencils, etc.), and administrative costs.