Developing Etiquette Skills for Youth-At-Risk


Harborside Center

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Family & Community


Developing etiquette skills in youth-at-risk highly impacts their social and emotional development. In addition, teaching etiquette skills impacts the relationship building process of youth-at-risk with interacting with their families and their community members.

Brief Program Description

This presentation will address how the overall development of etiquette skills impacts youth-at-risk in terms of their social and emotional skill development while interacting with their families and their communities.


Today’s youth have very little opportunity to develop etiquette skills unless they are given planned etiquette skills training. Yet, the development of such skills can literally changes lives for the better in youth-at-risk. Social and emotional skills can definitely be enhanced when etiquette skills are learned and applied.

Providing a social climate for developing critical etiquette skills is not that difficult, and doing so can make such a difference for all youth-at-risk – especially those from high poverty populations. Youth who grow up in poverty often do not have opportunities at home to learn and practice the kinds of middle class etiquette skills that are necessary for success in society.

Fortunately, research has shown that training in etiquette skill development reduces violent tendencies and ensures increased safety for all children and youth. In fact, development of social skills through etiquette training greatly enhances the ability of youth-at-risk to communicate within their families and their communities.

In this presentation practical models of etiquette skills training will be shown and demonstrated. Methods, strategies, and practices for developing etiquette skills in youth-at-risk will be available for “take home” learning opportunities for all participants. Generic ways to reach youth-at-risk and develop their etiquette skills will be provided in handouts for all participants to use later.

Providing youth-at-risk with a social climate that fosters social and emotional development through etiquette training will promote mental health of children and youth. A ripple effect from training youth as to etiquette skill development can greatly impact, too, the family and the community!


Research findings strongly recommend the effectiveness of teaching youth-at-risk etiquette skills over the long term. This proposal is based on proven practices from research. Such promising practices related to etiquette skill develop will be incorporated in this presentation.


Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Cree-Walker Professor, Dr. Paulette P. Harris, earned her doctorate from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. She is certified at the doctoral Level (L-7, T-7, and S-7) until 2018 by the GA Professional Standards Commission as follows:

  • Educational Leadership-grades P-12 (L-7)
  • Teacher Support Specialist: grades P-12 (S-7)
  • Gifted: grades P-12 (T-7)
  • Middle Grades: 4-8-all subjects (T-7)
  • English: grades 6-12 (T-7)
  • Reading Specialist: P-12 (T-7)
  • Special Ed: General Curriculum P-12 (T-7)
  • Special Ed: Language Arts P-5, 4-8, 6-12 (T-7
  • Special Ed: Math P-5 (T-7)
  • Special Ed Reading: P-5, 4-8, 6-12 (T-7)
  • Special Ed: Science: P-5 (T-7)
  • Special Ed: Social Science: P-5 (T-7)
  • Early Childhood Education :P-5 (T-7)

Dr. Harris has 7 years of public school experience where she was a reading specialist/diagnostician, instructional lead teacher/assistant principal. She founded and directs the GRU Literacy Center. She is the co-ordinator of the M.Ed. Teacher Leader Program, the Gifted/Talented Program, and the Teacher Support Specialist program at GRU. She has presented multiple times on the topic of culture and diversity and has written articles related to “Leading Culture and Diversity in Schools” and “Leading Families and Communities to Support Teaching and Learning”. She speaks French, German and Norwegian and studied abroad. She has received a variety of grants.

Dr. Harris is a full member of the Senior Graduate Faculty, the Graduate School, Georgia Regents University (GRU) where she teaches graduate-level courses in educational leadership and teacher leadership courses in the College of Education.

Keyword Descriptors

Youth-at-Risk, Etiquette, Social Skills, Emotional Skills, Preventing Violent Behavior, Mental Health

Presentation Year


Start Date

3-8-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

3-8-2016 5:30 PM

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Mar 8th, 4:00 PM Mar 8th, 5:30 PM

Developing Etiquette Skills for Youth-At-Risk

Harborside Center

This presentation will address how the overall development of etiquette skills impacts youth-at-risk in terms of their social and emotional skill development while interacting with their families and their communities.