SEL Youth Inititatives

  • Supports the development of Student Ambassadors for Social Emotional Learning (SOS) a peer-to-peer leadership role empowering students to educate themselves, school and peers on SEL strategies and needs for success.Supports the School-to-Prison Steering Committee consisting of internal BPS representatives working with external partners on ways to dismantle the pipeline within BPS.

    Serves as the DYS Liaison working on transitioning BPS students back into school with the supports and resources needed to be successful, and serving as the representative for alternatives to juvenile detentions while ensuring young voices are represented.

    Supports the launch of BAM Boston. Started in Chicago over 15 years ago, Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) is a social and emotional learning (SEL) program offered in school, in some cases complemented by afterschool sports, to at-risk male students in grades 7-12. The program currently consists of 30 voluntary one-hour small-group sessions (15 youth, maximum), conducted once a week during the school day over the course of the school year. Each session is built around a lesson designed to develop a specific skill through stories, role-playing and group exercises, and includes a homework assignment to practice and apply that skill. The afterschool sports component reinforces conflict resolution skills and the SEL objectives of the in-school curriculum.