What We do
Most people don’t know what social and emotional learning (SEL) is, but they do recognize when there are problems, many of which arise from a lack of these skills. There are three primary things that SELF does:
1. We ADVOCATE for quality SEL programs starting from birth and continuing through K-12 and beyond.
2. We EDUCATE through the content of our website, which includes simple sayings and tips, as well as our free Alive2Thrive curriculum, which teaches participants about social and emotional learning and how to apply these skills to their lives.
3. We INVEST in our children and community by providing our Hand-Up Tuition Assistance program to help local hard-working families who are not on public assistance, but who need a little help to pay for quality early learning care for their pre-schoolers.
4. We also INVEST by providing scholarships for post-secondary education to high school students who complete our free Alive2Thrive program for social and emotional learning.
The Main Goals of our Foundation
Our main goals are to advocate for quality early learning for all children that is run by the private sector and which is measured, monitored and rated by a third party to assure excellence; and to help everyone realize the importance of social and emotional education, and the need for it to be taught as a core subject in school, just like academics. Our hope is that visitors to this site will realize that if everyone learned SEL, we would have a better society, and everyone would have a greater opportunity to win the biggest game of them all – LIFE.
Most people don’t know what social and emotional skills are, so the chart below shows some of the life problems or symptoms that can result from NOT having these skills. Click on any “X” in the chart below for a link to the corresponding page of our free Alive2Thrive curriculum that may have lesson content to help address that specific problem.
Please review our website for other information including sayings, tips, words of wisdom and our free social and emotional Alive2Thrive curriculum, which is a comprehensive program offering students, parents, teachers, administrators, and mentors the critical resources they need to help students and adults tackle life’s difficult challenges.
If viewing this site on a mobile device, please turn the device horizontally to best view the chart below.
|Domestic Violence||Broken families, emotional instability, physical trauma, fear, medical expenses||x||x|
|Bullying others||Social and school problems||x||x|
|Racism||Stress & other health concerns, discrimination||x||x||x|
|Depression/anxiety||Poor relationships, job loss, family dysfunction||x||x||x||x|
|Suicide||Family trauma, stress for loved ones||x||x||x||x|
|Drug alcohol dependence||Poor health, job loss, family trauma, legal troubles||x||x||x|
|Eating disorder(s) (anorexia, bulimia, etc.)||Poor health, emotional instability||x|
|Poor job performance||Unable to advance, poor pay, job dissatisfaction||x|
|Marital/family issues||Divorce, disharmony, disfunctional family dynamics||x||x||x||x|
|Low self-esteem||Risky behaviors, poor judgment, lack of motivation||x||x|
|Incarceration||Family trauma, relationships suffer, future job potential decreases||x||x||x||x|
|Anger||Arrest, incarceration, bad relationships||x||x|
|Fear||Family & work relationships suffer, stress||x||x|
|Debt||Bad credit, homelessness, stress||x||x||x|
|Poverty/Homelessness||Stress, financial ruin||x||x||x|
|Poor Healthcare||Medical problems, relationships suffer||x||x|
|Obesity||Health problems, hygiene issues, social anxiety||x||x|
|Guilt, shame, self-blame||Lack of motivation, depression, anxiety||x||x|
Santoro Education Lifeskills Foundation (SELF)
SELF is dedicated to helping everyone learn important lessons about health and self-character as early in life as possible. We believe that through early childhood, social and emotional learning (SEL), we can implement proper foundational life skills for all individuals. This implementation will ultimately reshape humanity and upgrade our society.
If academics is your race car, then SEL is the steering wheel. You can’t drive a car without a steering wheel, right?
We can use your help
How to Use This Site
This website is a free common-sense approach to help ALL people become their best selves and win the biggest game: LIFE.
We advocate for and provide a simple means of avoiding or treating some life issues that stem from the lack of good social and emotional skills, and the journey starts with the first step.
Please click on each of the tabs at the top of the pages for a peek at all of the free resources this site offers, which ranges from a full curriculum program called Alive2Thrive to individual short “sayings.”
This site is not intended as a replacement for professional medical care for physical or mental health problems, which should be addressed by a licensed professional.