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Teen Discovery empowers adolescents and teens ages 10 – 18 utilizing the “Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning” (CASEL) Model, in-addition to providing one-on-one and group support instruction that produces positive change in character, academic achievement, lifestyle, behavior and attitudes within the community and school.

Research has shown that SEL is fundamental to cHILDREN”S social and emotional development – their health, ethical development, citizenship, academic learning, and motivation to achieve. Social and emotional education is a unifying concept for organizing and coordinating school-based programming that focuses on positive youth development, health promotion, prevention of problem behaviors, and student engagement in learning.

Research has shown that SEL is fundamental to cHILDREN”S social and emotional development – their health, ethical development, citizenship, academic learning, and motivation to achieve. Social and emotional education is a unifying concept for organizing and coordinating school-based programming that focuses on positive youth development, health promotion, prevention of problem behaviors, and student engagement in learning.

 

REFERRAL SOURCES

(RECEIVED YEAR ROUND)

  • Youth/Teens

  • Parent/Family Members/Care-Givers

  • Youth Groups/Community Groups

  • All Public, Private, Parochial and Alternative Schools

  • Faith-Based Institutions

  • After-School Programs

  • Magistrate Court/Juvenile Justice Institutions & Programs

  • Children Youth and Families (CYF)

  • Youth Athletic Organizations/Sport Teams

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

  • Youth between the ages of 10 and 18

  • Youth that reside in Allegheny County

  • Youth looking for support in changing their character, academic achievement, lifestyle, behavior, and/or attitude

Throughout the time that Small Seeds worked with me and my family it has been extremely helpful. The staff provided guidance when I needed it and made sure I received the necessary information and support to help assist me and my children. The services provided me has helped to reduce my stress and increase my confidence.

- Mother of a Teen Discovery Participant

PROGRAM PURPOSE

Teens are in transition and it is crucial they gain the knowledge needed to change attitudes with regard to the following: Educational Achievement and Attainment, Self-Sufficiency, Family Formation, Youth Employment, Civic Engagement, Health and Safety, Risky Behaviors, Improved Social and Emotional Development. Many institutions with high populations of at-risk teens and young adults are ill-equipped to deal with issues like poverty, well-being, discrimination, poor education and negative peer culture, which may extrinsically have a negative effect on their behavior. Social accountability and alternative methods, such as positive intervention and preventive supports, can greatly increase the percentages of teens and young adults fulfilling their life goals. Teen Discovery utilizing the Social and Emotional Learning-(SEL) Model fosterS social and educational success in adolescents and teens helping them to fulfill their life goals.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

  • Teen Character & Social Development: The process through which teens and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make decisions responsibly.

  • Teen & Parent Conflict Mediation and Resolution: Focuses on the teens behavior and the parent(s) influence upon the teen who is having conflicting issues in the home. By developing these skills, teens and adults are better prepared to address and strengthen their social and emotional well being.

  • Teen & Parent Development Training: Provides parent training in the home, school or community with a certificate of completion to support parents raising teens and Teen Parenting to older youth who have assumed co-parenting responsibilities for younger sibling(s) in the home as assigned by the parent, i.e., babysitting or transporting to or from school or community programs.

  • Teen Truancy: Intervening during the early warning signs that a child is headed for potential delinquent activity, social isolation and/or school failure, resulting in the lack of commitment to school is a risk factor for substance use, delinquency, teen pregnancy and school dropout.

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CURRICULA USED

Youth Responsibility Act: Inspired by The Happiness Institute and Professor Martin Seligman’s study of positive emotions and "Signature Strengths," The Youth Responsibility Act was developed to provide youth, ages 8-18, tools for for self-expression. Participants utilize written, verbal, visual and technological mediums to express their life experiences, with the intent to positively impact their psychological well-being and interpersonal relationships.

ACT Raising Safe Kids: The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program was developed and is coordinated by the American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office. The curriculum is based on research showing that through individual and parenting education utilizing the curricula, teens and parents learn how to foster healthy and safe relationships between one-another.

Growing Leaders/Ready For Life: Uses memorable imagery, real-life stories and practical experiences to instill long-lasting character qualities in students, such as integrity, emotional security, self-discipline, determination, and initiative. The research-based approach to this flexible, proven character education program empowers young adults to choose the core values of their lives and spark change in their school’s culture.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL): The process of acquiring the skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations effectively.

Youth Social Competence Survey (Pre-Post Testing): This scale measures youths’ awareness, knowledge, and investment in helping to improve themselves and others. Responsible Choices emphasizes good behavior, hard work, personal responsibility, and fairness. (Responsible Choices Scale. This is a subscale of the Youth Assets Survey (Oman, Vesley, McLeroy, et al., 2002, Civic Responsibility Survey (Furco, Muller, & Ammon, 1998)

SMART Plan: An action plan that identifies goals that are: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

 

For more information about the Teen Discovery program, please contact:

Comocrea Johnson
Program Manager
cjohnson@ssdipgh.org
412-665-2810

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