Social and emotional skills (SES) include the "knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for youth to recognize and control their emotions and behaviors; establish and maintain positive relationships; make responsible decisions and solve challenging situations; and set and achieve positive goals." (National Mentoring Resource Center) Research shows that consistent application of these skills by youth typically results in both short- and long-term success in all areas of their lives - mental health, behavior, academics, employment, and relationships.
EYI staff is experienced in the instruction and promotion of social and emotional skills, and SES is an essential component in EYI's volunteer mentor training. In all interactions with each youth, the development of SES by EYI's mentors and staff is continually promoted.
Core elements of SES promoted by EYI in each youth are:
- Self-awareness and self-control/self-management.
- Social awareness and relationship skills.
- Responsible decision-making. (CASEL)
- Goal setting and goal pursuit.
- Perseverance. (National Mentoring Resource Center)
- Stress and anxiety management.