Dear Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Colleagues,

As you may have heard, International #selday is March 26, 2021, and ACROSS NH wants to showcase the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities our NH Afterschool and Out-of-School Time professionals are providing daily in support of our NH children and youth growing stronger SEL skills and competencies.
To showcase this diligent SEL work, ACROSS NH is curating a collection of Social-Emotional Learning moments from our colleagues in the field to represent our tremendous efforts in providing these opportunities for SEL to flourish in NH. Please consider sending a photo, video, or email about how SEL looks in your program to the ACROSS NH SEL Project Coordinator at Submissions must be received by March 22nd. Those who participate are eligible to win an SEL prize for their program! Click here or on the button below for more details!
“We can think about schools, classrooms, out-of-school time spaces, families, as places where there’s an exchange of knowledge—knowledge about the world, and knowledge about yourself, and knowledge about the other persons that you’re interacting with. All of those experiences, I think, help expose and form, and shape the ways in which young people understand themselves and other people.” -Rob Jagers, Vice President of Research, CASEL
In this next clip, “Using Athletics to Teach Social and Emotional Skills” from Edutopia, hear how sports can be a powerful way for young people to build SEL skills. “Within sports, a lot of these SEL skills are already innate. So things like emotion regulation, how to deal with adversity, self-awareness, setting goals for ourselves.” -Caleb Willems, Gym and Sports Coordinator.
Listen as Karen Pittman, President and CEO of The Forum for Youth Investment, explains how sports are a “natural opportunity for SEL skill building” SEL can happen anywhere and while doing many things. SEL happens in our daily routines, at the snack table, on the school bus, on the playground, in the homework center, during our STEAM activities, while playing games, and sharing books. Consider the abundance of ways sports and other common opportunities provided by our programs may likewise be natural opportunities for SEL skill building. 
The quote below is from an SEL Toolkit factsheet from Afterschool Alliance:
Click here or on the image below to download the SEL Toolkit factsheet.
People Scavenger Hunt!

See how having children/youth participate in scavenger hunt for people might be an opportunity for SEL Skill Building. As always, feel free to use and adapt this idea!
If you try the “In-A-Snap” we’d love to hear how it went! Email Abigail Blodgett, SEL Project Coordinator at with feedback from your experience carrying out this activity. 
This guide seeks to support afterschool programs with the development of policies that seek to include all children and youth. Research shows many positive outcomes from participation in afterschool programs that intentionally address growth in personal and social skills.
Social and Emotional Learning takes place in all contexts that children and youth participate: their homes, schools, out-of-school time environments, and communities. The field of afterschool’s commitment to Social and Emotional Learning can make a profound difference in the lives of the young people served, and in the adults who guide them.
Abigail J. Blodgett, NH ASMP & ECMP
Social and Emotional Learning Project Coordinator
ACROSS NH, a project of SERESC
165 South River Road, Unit F
Bedford, NH 03110
Art by Mercy, 12 years old
ACROSS NH is a project of the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC) and is funded by the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration. Our goal is to provide statewide technical assistance and professional development opportunities to afterschool providers to support their work in creating high quality, innovative programs for schoolage children.