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BGCGM Highlighted in Field Guide for Social and Emotional Learning

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Jan 25, 2016

A new field guide, entitled Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social & Emotional Learning, highlights eight exemplary programs across the country, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM). In 2014, the Susan Crown Exchange (SCE), a national foundation, and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a research center, set out to determine how out-of-school programs throughout the country can be more intentional about providing social and emotional skill development. Using effective programs such as BGCGM as case studies, the researchers identified what makes these social and emotional learning processes successful and what practices can be shared with the education community.

The field guide focuses on the BGCGM program Can You Hear Us Now, "a youth-led advocacy program started in 2011 at the LaVarnway Boys & Girls Club that serves approximately 50 teens between the ages of 12 and 18 each year. The CYHUN program provides teens an artistic platform to express themselves through media and art and the guidance to address issues that are affecting them. Each year the youth collectively decide on an important issue to focus on and learn the technical skills associated with a particular artistic medium (e.g., videography, photography, poetry)."

The guide looks at a wide range of standards for social and emotional learning practice, including:

  • SEL Curriculum Features
  • Emotion Management Practices
  • Empathy Practices
  • Teamwork Practices
  • Responsibility Practices
  • Initiative Practices
  • Problem-Solving Practices


Read more about the guide and explore further resources here.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee has helped local kids and teens since 1887 when Annabell Cook Whitcomb transformed two basement rooms at Plymouth Church on Milwaukee’s east side into a club for boys. Today, ther are the largest youth-serving agency in the city and have grown to be one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in the country.

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