Turning games into social-emotional skill building
Games are a popular activity in afterschool programs, clubs, project meetings, youth events, and camps. They’re fun and also provide potential health benefits and social-emotional development opportunities. This Extension curriculum includes activity cards designed to support “life skills” development in youth. In addition to learning techniques of experiential education, practitioners gain skills in intentionally selecting games that support specific social-emotional development areas. Youth professionals equipped with discussion skills and a set of strategies increases successful outcomes for youth programs.