Empowering kids with skills that will transform them as much as education

An initiative of WE | Made possible by The Allstate Foundation
An initiative of WE | Made possible by The Allstate Foundation

In today’s challenging times, it’s critical to make sure our children are equipped with the social and emotional learning (SEL) skills to cope with the world around them. The WE Schools program brings social and emotional learning together with service-learning, helping children build key skills such as resilience, empathy, perseverance and problem-solving. With a strong foundation of SEL skills, children will be better able to understand and manage their emotions, feel and show empathy for others, establish positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

Whether you're an educator looking for ways to integrate SEL into your lesson planning, or a parent looking to support your child's learning at home, we have all the resources you need to get started.

The impact of social and emotional learning

8 in 10
8 in 10

employers say social and emotional skills are the most important for success, yet also the hardest skills to find


gain in grades and test scores when students' social and emotional development is supported

4 in 5
4 in 5

teachers want more support to address students' social and emotional development

Through WE Schools service-learning, students build key skills including:

For educators

Download the foundational module

To start planning activities for your students around social and emotional learning and service-learning, download the WE Schools Foundational Module.

Hear from Dr. Molly Lawlor to learn how to implement social and emotional learning in your teaching.

Watch a professional development session

Hear from four-time Olympian Silken Laumann, Dr. Amy Cranston, Dr. Molly Lawlor and youth advocate Rylie Clemons. Learn about the importance of self-care for educators and its connection to students' social and emotional learning. As well, hear about how daily self-care practices can promote positive learning environments, healthy relationships and overall well-being. In a panel discussion, the speakers also respond to questions about the consequences of bringing personal stress into the classroom, what self-care looks like and the challenges youth are facing today.

Build empathy and compassion through volunteering

From empathy and compassion to teamwork and collaboration, volunteering and helping others is a great way for children to build social and emotional skills. Get started with WE Volunteer Now, a WE Schools program that empowers youth to make a difference in their local community. Whether it’s picking up essentials for an elderly neighbor or writing notes of thanks for health care workers, there are so many ways to give back, even when going out in the community isn’t possible.

WE Volunteer Now in action

Meet Zeke

After being bullied at school, 16-year-old Zeke made a conscious decision to help others by spreading compassion and empathy to everyone around him. Through WE Volunteer Now, he has been able to grow his passion for helping others through things like a “positivity takeover” at his school, where Zeke and classmates created banners and messaging promoting courage, respect, love and acceptance.

For parents

Grade point average, test scores and report cards will always be an important part of education, but for kids to reach their full potential, learning needs to go beyond academics. Through WE Schools, kids build social and emotional skills like empathy and communication.

Watch the video and visit the resource links below to learn more about the positive impact of social and emotional learning and how you can support your child’s learning at home.

How to discuss topics like stress management and fear with your kids

From teaching your kids about mindfulness, to taking steps to help your kids build resilience and courage in the midst of fear, click here to access a free guide that supports parents and caregivers in helping kids practice social and emotional skills.

Explore additional parent resources

An initiative of WE | Made possible by The Allstate Foundation
An initiative of WE | Made possible by The Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation and WE are committed to giving teachers and families across America free resources to engage youth in service-learning and teach them the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in the future.

Explore educator and parent resources