SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING PROGRAM
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program is a new program LIFT is excited to offer to students because we know that students with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. SEL programs are evidence-based and proven to help students be well-rounded citizens. This program will consist of three main parts including mental health groups, individual student time, and family check-ins. Through trauma-informed care and evidence-based practices, LIFT will provide students a place to problem-solve, develop emotional-regulation skills, and discover their strengths.
If you would like to inquire about our SEL programs for your student, please contact Morgan Wright, LIFT’s Support Coordinator by email at Morgan@LIFT-ringgold.org or you may call the center at 706-935-LIFT.
"SEL" Programs at LIFT
Every day during workshop time (4:15-5:00) LIFT is offering a social-emotional learning group to discuss a different mental health topic each month. Students will be required to participate in this group once a month and the group will be organized based on age and gender, for example, middle school girls and high school boys.
MARCH: Mental Health Matters & Setting Goals
APRIL: How to Handle Stress
MAY: Communication & Conflict Resolution
A scheduled individual time for students to discuss life and find encouragement and motivation. These meetings may be requested by a parent/guardian or a student and will take place at LIFT from 5:00-5:45.
The goal for this program is for all students to receive at least one SUPPORT 101 session during the school year.
A time to meet with the family to discuss student needs and progress. A time to connect to community resources and support parents and guardians. We want to make sure parents and guardians know that we are all on the same team and working towards the same goal.
How to deal:
“How to Deal” is a Mental Health Club that will meet once a week during after-school hours from 5-6 on Thursdays. How To Deal will be an additional support for students wanting to learn emotional regulation skills and coping strategies. We want to emphasize this is a club and not therapy and should not be treated as such. This club is to encourage open conversation amongst students and equity in access to mental health resources. We have seen that building supportive social relationships amongst students has reduced isolation and promoted a sense of belonging. If your student wishes to sign up for How to Deal, please reach out to Morgan Wright at Morgan@LIFT-ringgold.org.
Why "sEL" is important?
As LIFT begins to provide mental health education, we hope to promote our student’s over well-being. Mental health education is a key factor in working with students since 1 in 5 teens has a mental health diagnosis. By providing mental health education programming at LIFT we are eliminating barriers such as transportation and cost by allowing easy access to mental health education services. Mental health education is pivotal in 6th-12th graders’ life and offering services to anyone who is interested foster’s the idea that mental health is just as important as physical health. Mental health education reduces the stigma that surrounds mental health, by offering information about different mental health diagnoses.
LIFT will be offering mental health education workshops every day of the week that LIFT is open. The workshops will cover information on anxiety, depression, coping skills, grief, anger management, conflict resolution, communication skills, goals, values, self-esteem, relaxation techniques, and relationships. LIFT plans to break down each workshop into demographics such as 6th-grade girls and 9th-grade boys so that the workshop can also be a place to discuss life circumstances and so that students feel comfortable sharing and asking questions. LIFT will utilize best practices and evidence-based interventions during the workshops to validate the information that is being presented.
LIFT will develop a pre-and post-survey for students to complete who have attended the mental health education workshops to provide data for outcomes and results. LIFT will track which students attend which workshops and track their knowledge on mental health education and how the workshops have impacted their mental health. This will help in the planning and execution of the mental health education workshops to ensure that the workshops are beneficial to the students.
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