The Good Class: Empowering Youth To Do Good

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The Good Class may be a leading solution to transform how education treats social emotional learning pedagogy

How would you feel if there was an easy way to engage youth in doing good?

What do you think would happen if being kind, volunteering, or doing, say, an environmental clean up was actually fun?

Imagine the shift that would happen, if good was the new cool.

People would want to help others!

They’d want to make a difference, right?

We think so too, and we believe that together we can make this a reality.

Introducing The Good Class

A gamified social emotional learning (SEL) platform that guides teachers and their students through a series of hands-on lessons, allowing all to experience the power of kindness and positive thinking. The Good Class includes a set of lessons that will engage students in a way that makes doing good a fun and meaningful experience.

The best part is that it’s connected to The Good Cards, our digital platform and mobile app that motivates people to go on real life kindness missions, do good deeds, and track their ripple effect.

Connecting a gamified experience with learning about SEL is a way to let students experience the positive impact doing good has on themselves and others.

Okay that’s cool! So what is social emotional learning all about anyway?

For starters, there’s a really exciting shift happening in our education system.

In the last ten years schools and districts all over have been integrating SEL into their curriculum.

Lesson plans, activities, discussions focused on important soft skills like emotional intelligence, compassion, mindfulness, and self-awareness have become a norm for many classrooms.

It’s happening right now!

Thanks to this educational shift, our youth are being empowered to not only be the leaders of tomorrow, but the Kindness Leaders of tomorrow.

Sounds awesome! Does it work?

As far as the research is showing, yeah it really does.

“In the long run, greater social and emotional competence can increase the likelihood of high school graduation, readiness for postsecondary education, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship. (Hawkins, Kosterman, Catalano, Hill, & Abbott, 2008; Jones, Greenberg, & Crowley, 2015).” – Edutopia.

What’s more, a 2015 study by researchers at Columbia University discovered that the measurable benefits of SEL exceed implementation costs, often by considerable amounts and researchers have also found that SEL programs are particularly beneficial for disadvantaged or low-attaining students. [1]

Since optimal results are achieved with SEL when approaches are embedded into routine educational practices and supported by professional development and training for staff we’ve integrated The Good Class into the curriculum. [2]

By doing this we are affecting these students for years to come, as a 2017 meta-analysis conducted by CASEL, University of Illinois, Chicago, Loyola University and University of British Columbia discovered that SEL continues to benefit students in terms of their social skills and academic performance years after being taught it. [3]

It’s happening right now in schools and classrooms across the world and is available for any teachers and community leaders who want to use it.

I’m a teacher, how can I bring The Good Class to my school?

Sign up today! The Good Class is live and ready for you to get involved.

We’ll help you with everything from getting the program approved by Administration to how to use The Good Cards, and even getting local press coverage like the youth at Gorzycki Middle School did!

I’m not a teacher, can I get involved too?

Sponsor The Good Class in a school near you!

Make a $50 donation to Better World International, the not-for-profit behind The Good Cards project, and we will bring The Good Class to a school or classroom of your choice!

There’s always something we can do together, so if you love the idea but are not sure about what to do, don’t be shy. Reach out to us at contact@thegoodcards.com or you can always learn more about The Good Class here.

The original article can be found here.

Further reading

1 https://casel.org/impact/

2 https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence-summaries/teaching-learning-toolkit/social-and-emotional-learning/

3 https://casel.org/impact/

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COREY HARNISH
COREY HARNISH
The poster child of community. Corey is a great listener and huge believer in humanity. Currently the CEO of Better World International a 501c3 tech nonprofit, Corey is leading The Good Cards development; an innovative online-gaming platform and app that engages people worldwide in doing good deeds for happiness and global sustainability. Corey is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni, an Honorary Rotarian of Rotary International, as well as a volunteer of Defy Ventures, providing business coaching to EITs (entrepreneurs-in-training), and an active personal life coach. Corey empowers individuals and communities and help them to flourish through personal development coaching and community service involvement. An aspiring Social Justice activist with a passion for community/sustainable development, service learning, juvenile justice rehabilitation, and brain-based coaching.

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