YES Foundation supports Dr. Verdeli and her team at Columbia University as they research cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal evidence-based strategies’ effect on Chinese youth attending a cultural immersion summer program in the United States. The research project’s aim is to enhance the students’ communication and conflict resolution skills.
Launching the Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum at W Academy Summer Camp
For Chinese youth attending the W Academy Summer Camp, an innovative package was created using Cognitive, Behavioral, and Interpersonal evidence-based strategies for effective communication, conflict resolution, interpersonal & social skills, regulation of emotion, especially anxiety and anger related to life changes, disagreements, isolation, and daily stress. The research team witnessed a remarkable change in the energy of the students within the three hours of a session! The teens were listening to each other's stories, volunteering to speak up to the larger group about their difficult life changes, offer solutions, solidarity and support to one another.
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