Why SEL?

“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.“ (CASEL)


The challenges listed below result in teacher turnover, lower attendance, and 1.2 million American students dropping out each year. All of these factors contribute to increasing rates of student distress, especially in a time when mass shootings have tragically become ordinary. These are emotional problems that require a systematic, institutional solution. Our education system is the perfect place to start.

Low test scores

According to Pew Research in 2015, the U.S. placed 38th out of 71 countries in math.
School Shootings

Yearly, 3 million teens are exposed to shootings, with 2,700 killed and 14,500 injured.

28% of American adolescents in grades 6-12 have experienced bullying.

1 in 5 American teens suffers from depression. In the last year, 8.66% attempted suicide.
In-School Drug Use

21.5 million Americans (ages 12 and older) suffer from a substance abuse disorder.
Domestic Abuse

1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence; 90% are direct eyewitnesses.


Through a systematic, academic approach to teaching social and emotional intelligence, students acquire the knowledge and practice developing their emotional intelligence skills. Test scores throughout the nation have measurably increased by teaching emotional intelligence, self-control mechanisms, focus techniques, and coping skills. These traits also have been proven to improve collaboration between students and higher rates of long-term information retention.

Resilience has created SELENA, a program that provides K-12 schools with curriculum and deployment tools. SELENA is designed to empower educators, counselors, parents and students with an extremely cost effective solution.



Responsible Decision Making

Relationship Skills

Social Awareness

SEL circle


Grades K-12

Teaching SEL at a young age prepares children for a lifetime of challenges. The ultimate goal is to develop mental strength, social-emotional strength, and the capability to achieve happiness. When children are academically taught how to handle uncomfortable or undesirable emotions, they are less likely to resort to self-destructive or outwardly aggressive behavior.


Are you working in a high conflict environment with a low level of workplace discipline? Mental and emotional training helps professionals to address the underlying problems plaguing their organization and supports the individual in achieving success. In fact, according to the University Consulting Alliance, a behavioral study referenced in Daniel Goleman’s Working with Emotional Intelligence demonstrates that “67% of all competencies deemed essential for high performance were related to emotional intelligence.”

Young Adults

A strong and healthy mind requires consistent exercise, just like the body. Young adults taught to build their emotional intelligence are more prepared to face the challenges of beginning adulthood. They can handle situations with a clear head, a more positive outlook, and a better ability to consider others’ emotions.