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Using Stories with Numbers to Reveal Social-Emotional Impact

What difference do stories make in out-of-school program evaluations? The best evidence of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is found in stories. Stories confirm how well young people are interacting and reveal increased connection to self. Stories expose the rich alchemy of an effective program’s influence on self-awareness, skill-building and interpersonal development. Want to know how peers, family and staff contribute to positive change? Collect stories. Stories illustrate programs confronting trauma, poverty, violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, marginalization, new opportunities and any variety of historical factors and current forces that overwhelm or uplift participants. Stories te

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