Opening Up is designed to help students process a shared experience, and rebuild community. It features:
- Leader’s Guide for Group Leaders: Following a disruptive year inside and outside of students’ school communities, we are offering ten 45-minute sessions designed to develop the social and emotional skills they need to navigate a return to in-person learning.
- Story Collection: Ten young writers from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences reflect on a challenge they dealt with during the past year and how it helped them grow.
- Podcast for Educators: Six mini-podcast episodes support successful implementation of sessions and provide group leaders with answers to frequently asked questions.
Modeled on Youth Communication’s traditional SEL curricula, Opening Up is CASEL-aligned and based on teen-written stories to both encourage reflection and address key SEL competencies that are all the more essential given the trauma and challenges of the past year.
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