E4 Youth Earns St. David’s Foundation Innovation Grant

As part of the St. David’s Foundation Healthiest People Initiative, E4 Youth has received an $85,000 Innovation Grant. The grant will bolster E4 Youth’s Creative Leadership Academy (CLA), which trains and employs college age youth to lead high school enrichment clubs.

E4 Youth’s standards aligned Employability Curriculum™ is a series of 20 to 30 minute hands on activities that help educators integrate social emotional learning skills into classrooms.

SDF’s support will allow E4 Youth to take a more in-depth look at the social emotional learning outcomes of our students and engage other organizations serving these youth about identifying and sharing best practices.

Here’s a list of key questions we hope to help SDF answer about building social emotional resiliency among adolescent youth of color.

  1. What are some observed reasons why youth are at risk of becoming disengaged from school?
  2. What strategies are proven/promising that can be applied across the field (NOT ORG specific) to encourage engagement with at risk youth?
  3. Where are there clear points of connections to implement these ideas with ISDs, housing authorities, jobs programs, parks and rec., or other systems serving youth?
  4. Who are the youth most likely to be overlooked in our collective efforts?
  5. What, if any, are key research questions E4 would like help answering that would improve their work?
  6. Who are local leader organizations or prominent ideas in the youth development field that should inform local efforts to create a stronger youth development strategy?

Interested in learning more or getting involved? Please, reach out to us or leave a comment.

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