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Writing

For young people Ages 11 – 23

Writing programs nurture young people to grow as writers and as individuals.

Writing encourages young people to practice perspective-taking and empathy, learn how to name and understand their own emotions, and consider how to communicate effectively. All of these activities prompt growth in social and emotional learning, or SEL. 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.

Hello Insight: Writing helps you capture the magic of your writing program and incorporate activities that cultivate SEL growth and promote writing confidence.

Capacities

SEL is a continuous, ongoing process in young people that involves developing many skills and attributes that are closely related, but distinct enough to be measured on their own. We call these “capacities.” Hello Insight: Writing reports on key capacities particularly well-nurtured by writing programs.

Academic Self-Efficacy

Academic Self-Efficacy

A young person's motivation and perceived mastery over school performance and their general sense of belief in their potential to attain academic success
Positive Identity

Positive Identity

A young person's internal sense of who they are and their multiple identities, involving building self-esteem, exploration and commitment of self-definition, fostering role formation, and achievement
Self-Expression and Creativity

Self-Expression and Creativity

Self-expression and creativity help young people develop their cognitive capabilities, organizational skills, and persuasive reasoning
Social Capital

Social Capital

The positive bonds young people have with other people and institutions such as schools, community centers, and youth-serving organizations
Contribution

Contribution

Positive engagement with family, community, and society that are key to developing
 an young person's positive purpose as well as positive societal movement
Reflection and Improvement

Reflection and Improvement

A young person's ability to engage in metacognition to evaluate or assess their own writing, which fosters ongoing development and improvement
Self-Management

Self-Management

The ability of a young person to regulate their emotions and behavior, take positive risks, and persist through life’s challenges
Social Skills

Social Skills

The ability of a young person to take others’ perspectives into account, develop a sense of caring, and empathy
Academic Self-Efficacy

Academic Self-Efficacy

A young person's motivation and perceived mastery over school performance and their general sense of belief in their potential to attain academic success
Contribution

Contribution

Positive engagement with family, community, and society that are key to developing
 an young person's positive purpose as well as positive societal movement
Positive Identity

Positive Identity

A young person's internal sense of who they are and their multiple identities, involving building self-esteem, exploration and commitment of self-definition, fostering role formation, and achievement
Reflection and Improvement

Reflection and Improvement

A young person's ability to engage in metacognition to evaluate or assess their own writing, which fosters ongoing development and improvement
Self-Expression and Creativity

Self-Expression and Creativity

Self-expression and creativity help young people develop their cognitive capabilities, organizational skills, and persuasive reasoning
Self-Management

Self-Management

The ability of a young person to regulate their emotions and behavior, take positive risks, and persist through life’s challenges
Social Capital

Social Capital

The positive bonds young people have with other people and institutions such as schools, community centers, and youth-serving organizations
Social Skills

Social Skills

The ability of a young person to take others’ perspectives into account, develop a sense of caring, and empathy

Experiences

Everything that young people see, think, hear, do and feel is fuel for SEL, but a few key types of experiences are especially effective at boosting SEL growth. We use advanced analytics to predict which of those experiences will best promote growth in each group of young people in your program.

Goal Management

Goal Management

Plan activities to give young people the chance to practice setting goals, breaking them down into smaller tasks, develop plans of action, and adjust them as necessary.
Peer-to-Peer Engagement

Peer-to-Peer Engagement

Encourage young people to work with and learn about others with differing backgrounds and perspectives. Promote teamwork, group cohesion, and problem solving.
Interest Exploration

Interest Exploration

Provide opportunities for young people to explore potential interests, try new things, broaden their horizons, and take risks in a safe space.
Prioritizing Youth

Prioritizing Youth

Build meaningful relationships by prioritizing young people: set high expectations for them and invite them to share their unique experiences and passions with the program.
Goal Management

Goal Management

Plan activities to give young people the chance to practice setting goals, breaking them down into smaller tasks, develop plans of action, and adjust them as necessary.
Interest Exploration

Interest Exploration

Provide opportunities for young people to explore potential interests, try new things, broaden their horizons, and take risks in a safe space.
Peer-to-Peer Engagement

Peer-to-Peer Engagement

Encourage young people to work with and learn about others with differing backgrounds and perspectives. Promote teamwork, group cohesion, and problem solving.
Prioritizing Youth

Prioritizing Youth

Build meaningful relationships by prioritizing young people: set high expectations for them and invite them to share their unique experiences and passions with the program.