Afterschool Webinar:

Wired to Learn: Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence

Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 01:00 PM ET

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About this webinar:

Recent developments in brain science have shown that adolescence is a crucial time for influencing social, emotional, and cognitive growth. In adolescence, the brain is particularly well-suited to acquire social and emotional competencies that are vital for youth to navigate the world, and yet we often see a fall-off in participation in youth development programs during this time.

Join us for a lively discussion featuring presenters from the Afterschool Alliance, American Institutes for Research, and Providence After School Alliance focused on expanding opportunities for SEL in middle school settings. Attendees will learn more about how afterschool programs can support youth social, emotional, and character development, and will leave with some practical tools and strategies to implement.



  • Jessy Newman, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research
  • Robert Randall, Director of Middle School Initiatives, Providence After School Alliance
  • Dan Gilbert, Senior Program Manager, Afterschool Alliance