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How Afterschool Programs Can Support Employability Through Social and Emotional Learning

Understanding the knowledge, attitudes and skills that ultimately contribute to success in school, work and life is a priority for educators and employers. Young people need a variety of important skills to be ready to work, including understanding key work habits and having a strong work ethic.

But another aspect of employability has gained attention in recent years—the need for strong social and emotional skills in order to be successful in the workplace.  

Our series of Research to Action briefs is designed to make research on the afterschool and expanded learning field accessible and easy to read. In our second brief, Beyond the Bell: Research to Action in the Afterschool and Expanded Learning Field, we define employability skills with a focus on social and emotional competencies and then present research on why they are important. We share how social and emotional learning programs and practices can support the development of these skills and how afterschool and expanded learning settings are an ideal place for this to happen.  Click here to learn more about this topic.

Contributed by AIR, American Institutes for Research, Washington D.C. AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations.