What if you could empower children to love themselves so deeply that they were unshakeable in the world?
Through the lens of hugging...you can! Did you know hugs are not only desirable, but they are essential to our well-being? Research has shown that hugging reduces stress, worry & anxiety! Hugs also strengthen the body’s immune system and increase empathy and compassion….
Yet, we’ve become physically disconnected (and hug deprived) as a society due to our lack of emotional health. Our gluttonous use of smart-phones, bullying, and drug use isolates us, making us feel alone & anxious. When we are internally disconnected from our own emotions it makes it impossible to socially or physically connect with another person. Now is the time for change!
Welcome to HUG THE MOMENT!
We are an education based, compassion inspired nonprofit 501c3 comprised of parents, teachers and children who are implementing creative new ways to raise children so they can thrive in the 21st century. The education model(s) of the 20th century lack a critical component that is desperately needed in the 21st century. That component is Social Emotional Intelligence, and it is best taught through Social Emotional Learning (SEL).
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a transformative and evidence-based educational process that teaches children, from pre-k through 12th grade, the mental skills that will significantly reduce emotional stress that leads to violence and addiction. SEL improves problem-solving skills, enhances empathy, raise academic test scores and increase resiliency. Based on our already successful model, we know that SEL helps children master the necessary skills needed to overcome emotional challenges. Our SEL curricula, training and technology will seek to reduce these staggering statistics in the USA:
According to recent data:
• Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. This includes physical bullying as well as cyber bullying.
• Teen deaths from accidental drug overdose increased 19% in one year.
• Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death amongst 15-25 year olds.
Wouldn't you agree it’s time to educate parents, teachers and government officials about the importance and benefits of Social Emotional Learning?
What exactly is SEL?
• SEL is process of learning Social & Emotional skills…yes, it’s a skill!
• SEL is just as important as Math or Reading or any other foundational subject.
• SEL is best learned in early-elementary school and continued through high school.
• There are 5 components to SEL which include: self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, and social awareness.
• The pyramid below displays how Hug The Moment utilizes SEL curricula so that its reinforced by parents in the students home as well as in school, thereby helping to truly integrate SEL into the students life.
There is ample research showing the benefits that children receive from SEL as part of their school education. Here are just a few of those benefits:
o 11% academic point gain for students utilizing SEL curricula.
o 10% less psychological, behavioral or substance abuse problems at 25 years old (of children who were taught SEL).
o 10% increase in high school graduation rates.
o Students display lower levels of stress and more focus, more self-control and are better at problem solving. Students also report being happier overall.
“Students learn to recognize and listen to what is happening ‘inside’ them by becoming more self-aware of their emotions, which helps them navigate big, strong feelings and avoid impulsive behaviors, thus allowing them to make more responsible decisions” – Rick Morrison, Founder - Hug the Moment
Now is the time for all of us to HUG the Moment and make a difference. We ask you to please join us to help make SEL available to ALL children so they can thrive in this seemingly insane world!
What’s your role in this? It all starts with YOU! Your tax-deductible contribution, no matter the amount, will help us implement more Social Emotional Learning in schools! In addition, your donation will help further even more research on the benefits of SEL which are necessary to reinforce and amplify our message to Parents/Educators/Government about how powerful and necessary Social Emotional Learning is!
What will we do with the funds raised? Our 3-year goal in the USA is to:
• Implement SEL curricula for 500,000 students!
• In over 1000 schools!
• Educate over 1,000,000 Parents & Governing Officials about the benefits of SEL!
Your contribution is Tax Deductible (as legally allowed by law).We welcome corporate sponsorships & grants too!
Thank you for contribution!
Please share this important crowdfunding campaign and ask your friends, family, coworkers and social networks to help broaden our reach so more children are able to benefit from SEL!
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