Propel SEL

Strengthening intentional social-emotional learning (SEL) in afterschool and mentoring programs.

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Social-emotional learning - SEL - is essential for youth success

Young people’s social-emotional learning is a dynamic and complex process that happens within the context of their culture. It is essential for forming a person’s identity and sense of wellbeing.

Fortunately, afterschool and mentoring programs can help. By intentionally embedding SEL in our work, we can help young people develop SEL skills that will support their success.


Propel SEL Flipped the Script on Professional Development:

Growing out of a three-year journey, Propel SEL is a new way to support staff of afterschool and mentoring programs to transform the way they see, think and do SEL.

Propel SEL engaged the community and youth to identify and understand SEL needs and then piloted a year-long cohort based professional development experience by building the capacity of regional afterschool intermediaries and youth serving organizations – all grounded in an equity and identity lens.

The story of Propel SEL and the impact on afterschool and mentoring programs can be found in the Propel SEL: Flipping the Script report and Propel SEL: Community Engagement Summary below.

Propel SEL: Flipping The Script

A new way to do, see and understand social emotional learning

Propel SEL: Community Engagement Summary

A total of 22 community engagement meetings, with nearly 300 participants, were held across the Twin Cities metropolitan area in partnership with Sprockets.

Thanks to Our SEL Partners

We're grateful to the funding partners who make Propel SEL possible:

Our Facilitation and Professional Development Partners

As project coordinator for Propel SEL, Ignite is proud to work alongside these partners: