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Elementary SEL
For young people Ages 8 – 11

Young people have a lot to learn — don’t let soft skills get lost in the shuffle.

The elementary ages are a time of intense learning and growth. The more they take in, the more young people ages 8 to 11 are able to understand the world around them. Make the most of this developmental stage with Hello Insight: Elementary SEL. Social and emotional learning, or SEL, is the process of developing the “soft skills” young people need to get along as they grow up: to manage themselves as they engage with the world; build and maintain relationships; and treat setbacks and challenges as learning experiences to prompt growth.

Developed In Partnership With The YMCAYouth INC

Learn Directly from Young People

While other evaluation solutions ask staff to report on program quality, we believe young people provide the most unbiased, reliable insight into how your programs support their development. Therefore, we ask young people to assess their own SEL and the program experiences that are critical in driving SEL growth.

The Theory Of Change
By providing research-based positive youth development experiences to young people, they will develop social and emotional learning skills shown to promote thriving.

What your program does

Research-Based Experiences
Positive Youth Development
Engage Authentically
Expand Interests
Promote Peer Bonds

What Young People Develop

Short-Term Outcomes
Core SEL
Academic Self-Efficacy
Mastery Orientation
Self-Management
Social Skills

Young People Thriving!

Long-Term Outcomes
Academic Performance
Career/Workforce Readiness
Health and Wellness
Positive Behavior
Reduced Risky Behavior

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Survey Administration Options
Leveraging our research-based theory of change, Hello Insight offers two ways to understand how your programs impact the lives of young people.

Check-In

Check-in surveys measure the positive youth development experiences that our research shows leads to SEL growth.

Pre/Post

Pre/post surveys include all questions from check-in surveys and also directly measure SEL growth.
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Check-In

Check-in surveys measure the positive youth development experiences that our research shows leads to SEL growth.
  • Garner feedback from young people about the quality of program experiences
  • A single point in time, midway through a program or at the end
  • Check-in surveys take young people 5 to 8 minutes
What it Measures
Research-Based Experiences
Positive Youth Development
Additional Measures
Program Satisfaction

Pre/Post

Pre/post surveys include all questions from check-in surveys and also directly measure SEL growth.
  • Garner feedback from young people about the quality of program experiences
  • Understand young people’s social and emotional learning baseline at pre and growth at post
  • Receive targeted recommendations for staff to support each group of young people
  • Two points in time, usually at the beginning and end of a program
  • Pre surveys take 8 to 12 minutes and post surveys 12 to 15 minutes
What it Measures
Research-Based Experiences
Positive Youth Development
Short-Term Outcomes
Core SEL
Additional Measures
Program Satisfaction
Research-Based

Experiences

What your program does

Everything that young people, see, think, hear, do, and feel is fuel for their growth, but a few key types of experiences are especially effective at boosting development.

Measured by:
Check-In
Pre/Post
Positive Youth Development
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Engage Authentically
A young person’s experience with an adult who takes the time to get to know them by listening and understanding who they are—their cultural and lived experiences, their interests, and their passions
Sample Questions
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Promote Peer Bonds
A young person’s experience with an adult who helps them work with peers in teams and groups, creating a safe space to learn with and from one another, and developing deep bonds and relationships
Sample Questions
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Expand Interests
A young person’s experience with an adult who supports them to try new things, broaden their horizons, learn about other people’s cultures and perspectives, and explore their own identities
Sample Questions
Black - Engage Authentically
Engage Authentically
A young person’s experience with an adult who takes the time to get to know them by listening and understanding who they are—their cultural and lived experiences, their interests, and their passions
Sample Questions
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Expand Interests
A young person’s experience with an adult who supports them to try new things, broaden their horizons, learn about other people’s cultures and perspectives, and explore their own identities
Sample Questions
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Promote Peer Bonds
A young person’s experience with an adult who helps them work with peers in teams and groups, creating a safe space to learn with and from one another, and developing deep bonds and relationships
Sample Questions
Short-Term

Outcomes

What young people develop

When young people experience a positive youth development approach and work alongside a caring adult, they develop short-term outcomes that lay the groundwork for their long-term success.

Measured by:
Pre/Post
Core SEL
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Academic Self-Efficacy
A young person's motivation and perceived mastery over their own learning, school performance, and potential to attain academic success
Sample Questions
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Self-Management
The ability of a young person to regulate their emotions and behavior, take positive risks, and persist through life’s challenges
Sample Questions
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Mastery Orientation
A young person’s desire to learn in order to increase their overall competence or ability until something is mastered
Sample Questions
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Social Skills
The ability of a young person to take others’ perspectives into account, and to develop a sense of caring and empathy
Sample Questions
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Academic Self-Efficacy
A young person's motivation and perceived mastery over their own learning, school performance, and potential to attain academic success
Sample Questions
Black - Mastery Orientation
Mastery Orientation
A young person’s desire to learn in order to increase their overall competence or ability until something is mastered
Sample Questions
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Self-Management
The ability of a young person to regulate their emotions and behavior, take positive risks, and persist through life’s challenges
Sample Questions
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Social Skills
The ability of a young person to take others’ perspectives into account, and to develop a sense of caring and empathy
Sample Questions
Additional

Measures

While growth in SEL is critical, it is also important that young people learn career-specific skills and develop strong social capital.

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Program Satisfaction
Sample Questions
Whether or not a young person would recommend a program to a friend — helpful in assessing their level of engagement in a program
Sample Questions
Measured by:
Check-In
Pre/Post
Young People

Thriving

Long-Term Outcomes

Young people who develop SEL are on a journey to understand and cultivate their unique interests and talents in many aspects of life — they thrive. Thriving goes beyond competence, with success defined as an ongoing trajectory towards full potential in life.

Research shows that the short-term outcomes Hello Insight measures are linked to these long-term outcomes that funders and donors care most about.
Academic Performance
Career/Workforce Readiness
Health and Wellness
Positive Behavior
Reduced Risky Behavior
Academic Performance
Career/Workforce Readiness
Health and Wellness
Positive Behavior
Reduced Risky Behavior
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