For 16 years, JCYS has provided area public high schools with a teen program to encourage self-esteem and confidence through mentorship and team building exercises. Through these experiences, TEAMcorps equips students with the tools they need to succeed academically in high school and beyond.
TEAMcorps uses the framework of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), one of the key components of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Comprehensive System of Learning. SEL is the process through which children develop awareness and management of their emotions, set and achieve important personal and academic goals, use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, and demonstrate decision making and responsible behaviors to achieve school and life success. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, there is a strong research base indicating that these SEL competencies improve students’ social/emotional development, readiness to learn, classroom behavior and academic performance.