Turn 2 Us

Youth Support through Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is “the processes in which children and adults acquire and effectively use the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show and feel empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”1

SEL has increasingly become an approach used by educators, families, and community-based youth programs to increase positive social behavior and academic performance while decreasing conduct problems and emotional distress. 8

Turn 2 Us embeds SEL throughout all of our student initiatives as an essential tool that emphasizes supportive relationships and methods of learning that are thought-provoking, engaging, and meaningful.

Turn 2 Us offers four main initiatives for our youth:

  • In-Class Mindfulness Exercises
  • Anti-Bullying Campaign
  • Boosting Healthy Lifestyle Practices & Test-Taking Skills
  • Sports Youth Development Leagues



Evelyn Montañez, Ph.D. LCSW