Opening Up: How to rebuild community, in-person


Dear Educator:

To support the social and emotional needs of students as they return to classrooms this fall, Youth Communication has partnered with Geoffrey Canada to create Opening Up, a new resource we are offering free to teachers

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.

Please sign up to receive Opening Up for free, delivered to your inbox here:

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