SEL Awardee

Stephanie Adams

Robert A. Black Magnet Elementary School
Chicago Public Schools SD 299
Chicago, IL
“As a School Counselor, I encourage, nurture, and protect my students by helping to teach them social and emotional learning skills they will use daily, inside and outside of the classroom. You Are Sew Be-You-tiful is a project designed to provide 20 African-American young ladies with an opportunity to learn the dying art of sewing during an after-school Sewing Club while incorporating the SEL competencies of self-awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. Not only will the program allow students to channel negative energy in order to bolster their self esteem, solve problems, build confidence, practice patience and relieve stress but the program will also nurture communication through journal writing, mindful meditation, talking and peace circles. Additionally, the various sewing projects will encourage the young ladies to develop an entrepreneurial spirit by creating useful garments of their own. Funds would be used to purchase necessary supplies: journals, sewing machines, irons, ironing boards, memberships to Sew-it Academy, needles, fabrics and cutting tools of the trade.”
Tags: Collaborative Learning, Girls & Young Women of Color, Measurement, Middle School, Mindfulness, Project-based Learning, Restorative Practices, Student Engagement, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Urban