Social and Emotional Wellness

The Issue

Emotional wellness, social skills, and life skills are important tools for everyone to develop as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Individuals who are well socially and emotionally tend to get along better with others, accomplish more, and generally are more happy. They’ve learned how to view themselves positively, evaluate challenges, interact with others, and choose appropriate responses – especially in times of stress or other challenges.

Individuals who don’t get the support they need to develop socially and emotionally are at increased risk for:

  • Behavioral issues
  • Controlling disappointment, anger and aggression
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Poor self-image
  • Lack of confidence
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Poor academic performance
  • Poor athletic performance
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Alcohol, vaping and drug use as a teenager and young adult
  • Self-Harm and Suicide

21st Century Issues

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Anger towards others
  • Being mad at ourselves
  • Feeling alone
  • How to be happy
  • Boyfriends/girlfriends 
  • Parental Pressure
  • Friends
  • Sports we play/teams we are on
  • Academic Pressure
  • Getting and staying motivated
  • Thoughts/Actions
  • Trust

What We Can Do

Generation Text Online’s mission is to provide educators, parents, and community members with the framework and the resources to teach social and emotional intelligence in the 21st Century Learning Environment.

The Generation Text Framework will equip adults with a system of routines, practices, learning activities, and
discussion topics to guide and support students as they face challenges, work to resolve conflicts, and celebrate
success.  Through this framework educators, coaches and youth workers are provided with the necessary training, lesson plans, and a system to train the trainer and develop a mentor program. Our framework provides the educator with a road map to equip their students with the skills they need to:

  • Manage emotions
  • Effectively communicate
  • Build relationships
  • Solve problems
  • Resolve conflict
  • Self-advocate.

This systematic approach will provide adults with 21st Century strategies and techniques to make personal connections with their students, in order to best support them in social, emotional, and academic challenges.

The Generation Text Online Framework

The Generation Text Online framework provides a process to develop a SEL skill set and foundation in order to set young adults up for successful relationships and a process for resolving conflict, solving problems and self-advocating.

By implementing the Generation Text Online Framework in the learning environment, participants will be exposed to daily routines and practices, and thinking patterns in order to develop the muscle memory needed to employ these skills in real life situations.

  • Module 1 — Active Listening, Respect, Eye Contact
  • Module 2 — Empathy, Compassion, and Trust
  • Module 3 — Inclusion, Acceptance, and Tolerance of Differences
  • Module 4 — Establishing a Common Language; Mean vs. Nice
  • Module 5 — The Eight Essential Questions that guide thoughts, actions and behaviors
  • Module 6 — Building Self-esteem

Until participants have mastered these skills, it will be impossible to have successful relationships, resolve conflict, solve problems, and self-advocate.