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Our Approach

Traditionally education has focused on the development of intellectual and physical skills. Increased resources and focus need to be placed on the social, emotional and ethical competencies otherwise referred to as emotional intelligence.

Research shows that promoting social and emotional skills leads to reduced violence and aggression among children, higher academic achievement, and an improved ability to function in schools and in the work

CFY programs focus on social and emotional learning. In British Columbia, we address the education learning outcomes for all three Core Competencies required for specific grade levels. Our programs address specific learning outcomes in the areas of communication, thinking, and personal and social identity and wellness. In Alberta, our programs address the learning outcomes for the Health and Life Skill (career and personal planning) Curriculum required the appropriate grade level. Our programs addresses specific learning outcomes in the areas of wellness, relationships and life learning choices.

To provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be informed decision makers and make healthy and safe choices.

Through participation in our CFY programs, students learn to:

  • Identify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Recognize and respond to stereotyping, discrimination and bullying
  • Assess the influence that peers and media have on individuals’ attitudes and behavior
  • Identify strategies for safe use of wireless and online communication and use of technology
  • Implement strategies for decision-making and evaluating consequences
  • Be able to take practical steps to help create a safe and caring school community

Here is our Social and Emotional Learning check list for all CFY programs

  • Self-Awareness

    What are my thoughts and feelings?
    What causes those thoughts and feelings?
    How can I express my thoughts and feelings respectfully?

  • Self-Management

    What different responses can I have to an event?
    How can I respond to an event as constructively as possible?

  • Social Awareness

    How can I better understand other people’s thoughts and feelings?
    How can I better understand why people feel and think the way they do?

  • Relationship Skills

    How can I adjust my actions so that my interactions with different people turn out well?
    How can I communicate my expectations to other people?
    How can I communicate with other people to understand and manage their expectations of me?

  • Responsible Decision Making

    What consequences will my actions have on myself and others?
    How do my choices align with my values?
    How can I solve problems creatively?

* Source: “What is SEL? Skills and Competencies” Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)