Children who are in school today represent tomorrow’s workforce, tomorrow’s leaders.
The Connected Kids program emphasizes the fundamentals of social and emotional intelligence, such as empathy, cooperation, respect, and self-control–skills commonly known as “soft skills” in the global workforce.
Math, science, English, and technology skills are important, but the fastest growing and highest paying jobs of the future will require well-developed social and emotional skills.
Soft skills such as empathy and cooperation are increasingly seen as a differentiator among job candidates today, a trend that isn’t going away.
The Connected Kids program is designed to connect kids with their inner strengths and help them develop greater emotional and social awareness. It features activities and creative tools to equip children with the five essential competencies for success,
- Emotional management
- Social awareness
- Relationship skills
- Constructive decision-making
Creative arts activities, music, story building, breathing exercises, and creative visualization techniques emphasize the following:
- Peaceful problem-solving
- Relationship building
- Positive self-image
- Respect for others
- Positive attitudes
Children (and the adults who work with them) learn to:
- Understand their strengths, their values, and their opportunities (self-awareness and self-esteem)
- Recognize and effectively manage emotions (self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-management)
- Develop empathy and tolerance for others (social awareness)
- Form and maintain positive relationships (relationship skills)
- Deal constructively with conflict (relationship skills and peaceful problem solving)
- Make ethical decisions and wise choices (constructive decision making)