Desire to Aspire provides elementary and middle school youth with college-aged women mentors, from local universities. These mentors work with our youth weekly, using our developmentally appropriate lessons focusing on our seven core tenets. Our tenets are based on evidence based social and emotional standards. Social and emotional learning programs have been found to increase youth's academic achievement, improve classroom behavior, increase their ability to manage stress, strong negative emotions and encourage positive attitudes about themselves, others, and school.
SELF-AWARENESSThe ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset".
SELF-MANAGEMENTThe ability to successfully regulate one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations- effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
SISTERHOOD AND PERSONAL
The ability to be reliable and accountable in one's actions and in contributing to group efforts. The ability to maturely respond to various challenges, circumstances, and topics, especially in group contexts.
RELATIONSHIP SKILLSThe ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, seek and offer help when needed.