Wings for Kids

“I soar with WINGS. Let me tell you why. I learn lots of skills that help me reach the sky.”
- WINGS’ Words to Live By 


Growing up is tough, growing up without the resources and support you need is even tougher. 

Research shows that strong social emotional skills are key to helping kids succeed in school, be prepared for the workforce, and become positive and healthy contributors to society. Research also shows that effective social emotional education has the power to strengthen attachment to school and reduce negative classroom behavior, two significant predictors of who will stay in school through high school graduation.


Since 1996, Wings for Kids has focused exclusively on working with low-income children by providing a safe place to stay after school and by teaching them skills to succeed in school. WINGS uses an early and comprehensive approach grounded in the principles of positive youth development and evidence-based social emotional learning practices to foster the mindsets, skills, and confidence within each child to behave well, make good decisions, and build healthy relationships – skills necessary for success in school and life. Our approach provides a unique depth of implicit and explicit teaching by weaving social emotional learning throughout the program time or school day.



  • Operate regional programs at ten Title I elementary schools and serve 1,160 amazing kids every day through our afterschool program. Learn More >
  • Empower others with social emotional learning best practices through professional development workshops. Learn More >
  • Partner with like-minded organizations to scale effective social emotional learning initiatives across the country. Learn More >
  • Provide FREE digital, standards-aligned SEL activities for K-5 educators in partnership with Discovery Education. Learn More > 

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