Propel SEL cohort announced!

In February, 20 organizations from around the Twin Cities Metro will launch two new 12-month professional learning communities that dig into social emotional learning in afterschool and mentoring programs.

Afterschool and mentoring programs can play a key role in supporting young people’s healthy development but staff need opportunities to learn, plan and hone their skills together. Grounded in an equity framework, Propel SEL is designed to learn what works in professional development settings to support SEL. By building and sharing SEL knowledge across diverse communities, programs, organizations and networks, partners hope to improve the lives of youth and youth workers while informing and influencing the field.

Propel SEL is a collaborative project funded by Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Carlson Family Foundation, and facilitated through a partnership between Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, Ignite Afterschool, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and Sprockets with professional development design by the Youth Work Learning Lab and Minneapolis Beacons. Partnering organizations hope to take what they learn from this next year to influence future professional development offerings around SEL in afterschool and mentoring.

Congratulations and a big thanks to the 20 participating organizations: Anoka-Hennepin School District, Arts Us, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Burnsville Youth Collaborative, Family Means, Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center, Hennepin County Library, Hennepin Technical College, MIGIZI, North Hennepin Community College, Osseo Area Schools, Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Robbinsdale Area Schools, Roseville Area Schools Community Education, St. Paul Public Library, Sejong Academy, Simpson Housing Services, Urban Roots, WE WIN Institute, Inc, and Youth Farm.