Title

Bridging the Self-Esteem Gap in a "Selfie" Society

Presenters

Tiffany LewisFollow

First Presenter's Institution

Tip White Enterprises LLC

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

This proposal is to address the need for extra curricular programming that focuses on teaching the skills to develop positive identity development, emotional intelligence, communication skills, decision making and goal setting.

Brief Program Description

To identify the need and importance of teaching social and emotional skills in a positive model behavior environment. There is an increased rate of success in school-aged youth that are taught social and emotional skills by an adult in which they interact with during the course of an academic year. The use of video, writing, discussion, team building and interactive material allow a focused but flexible approach to all learning styles to engage positive youth development.

Summary

Daily, children are affected with social issues such as bullying, peer pressure, and even stress. In order for children to thrive there is a need for the ongoing nurturing and positive involvement of adults for the benefit of mature, emotional and social growth. We would like to encourage the national use of programs geared toward female, school-aged, youth, between ages 12 and 17 that will assist schools and community organizations in reducing the risk of student involvement with behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, aggression, and precocious sexual activities. The program can accomplish this objective by teaching young females the necessary tools to achieve self-efficacy while using practical application of knowledge acquired pertaining to social etiquette, effective communication, healthy relationships, and attainable goal setting. The curriculum for the program is formulated from the SAFE method (sequenced, active, focused, explicit) utilizing sequenced and active learning strategies and focused and explicit skill content, which has been clinically researched with positive results of program success. Our flexible teaching strategies combine discussion with interactive application offering variety to how participants learn and retain information. Encouraged positive model behavior from program instructors and staff, is also a method of learning, as children also learn by watching the behavior of adults in which they have interactions. Involving youth in positive extra curricular programming is an important component of youth development. The teaching of problem-solving, teamwork, responsibility, and emotional management help to create strong, competitive, well rounded women who have a clear understanding of how to navigate properly through common social and emotional challenges.

Evidence

A heavily focused area of the program involves teaching the direct relation between thought and behavior. Kronick 1997 reveals that there is power in language. "The language we use affects our experiences and thereby creates our reality".

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services studied and collected data on "Positive Youth Development in the U.S.". (aspe.hhs.gov)

The SAFE method was studied and recorded with positive results by those who used the methods of "sequence, active, focused, and explicit". (AmJ Community Psychol 201245(3-4) 294-309

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Tiffany Lewis is Director of Youth Advocacy at Still Standing Foundation. She also CEO of Tip White Enterprises LLC . She creates content and curriculum to help promote Positive Youth Development. She serves a President of PTO at Wilson Academy in Lithonia, GA with an emphasis on fundraising. Her background is in business, ministry, and youth advocacy. She is a speaker, author and Life Coach.

Keyword Descriptors

Social skills, Emotional skills, Youth development, Mentoring, Girls, Decision making, Goal setting

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 2:45 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

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Bridging the Self-Esteem Gap in a "Selfie" Society

To identify the need and importance of teaching social and emotional skills in a positive model behavior environment. There is an increased rate of success in school-aged youth that are taught social and emotional skills by an adult in which they interact with during the course of an academic year. The use of video, writing, discussion, team building and interactive material allow a focused but flexible approach to all learning styles to engage positive youth development.