The Rye Youth Council - Fostering Healthy Development in our Youth

 

Elementary life skills

Kristen Salov is the Elementary School Youth Advocate, and works in each Rye City School District elementary school teaching life skills in the 3rd and 4th grade. She spends a minimum of 12 weeks in each classroom and will - as needed - work in other grades.

Third grade skills

Lessons in social development and character education that help students develop tolerance, accept differences, resist bullying, solve problems and make healthy decisions for themselves and others. Lessons are generally project based that students do with one another in small groups. The projects may seem like fun and games to students and are designed this way in order to engage their attention and interest. An important component of each lesson is the discussions regarding strategies and behaviors. The activities provide practice in learning how to communicate their ideas to others, listening to others and the arts of negotiation and compromise. The students also come to understand how important a role respect, kindness, generosity, responsibility and patience play in all of our interactions with others whether they occur in the classroom, out on the playground, in families, in neighborhoods, in the workplace.

Fourth grade skills

The focus is on helping students understand the dynamics of conflict and the strategies for avoiding and managing it. Through a variety of discussions students learn about the role feelings, prejudice, tolerance and acceptance play in their lives and how they affect the decision making process. Equally important is that students understand how important a role respect, kindness, generosity, responsibility and patience play in all of our interactions with others whether they occur in the classroom, out on the playground, in families, in neighborhoods, in the workplace, etc.

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