Exploring the Role of SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) in Substance misuse Prevention

Discover the empowering role of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in preventing substance misuse among youth. Learn how programs like those at the YESS Academy equip students with essential life skills, fostering a drug-free generation. Explore real-world examples of successful SEL programs combating substance misuse.
Oct 20
Many high school students are trying substances like alcohol and marijuana, which is a big worry. One way to help kids stay away from these substances is by teaching them about their emotions and how to deal with challenges. This teaching is called Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and can be a strong tool against drug use​.

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

SEL is all about teaching kids how to understand their feelings, get along with others, and make good choices. It has been shown to not only help kids do better in school but also feel better and stay away from substances like alcohol and drugs​.

How SEL Helps Keep Kids Away From Drugs

SEL helps in teaching kids about their emotions and how to deal with challenges in a healthy way. When kids understand their feelings and how to handle them, they are less likely to turn to drugs or other harmful behaviors when faced with challenges. By building strong social skills and learning how to make good choices, kids can stay away from drugs even when faced with peer pressure or tough situations.

The YESS Academy's Way

The YESS Academy, a part of the YESS Institute, has been helping middle and high school students learn crucial SEL skills since 2001. They offer courses where students learn about the dangers of drugs like Cannabis, Vaping, and Opioids. These courses are designed to engage students with interactive lessons and activities that teach them not only about the risks of substance use but also about handling emotions and social situations in a healthy way. One of the impressive things about their program is that students get school credit for learning these essential life skills. The YESS Academy aims to reach more communities and offer its expertise to a wider audience, helping more kids stay drug-free​

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What’s Next for SEL in Drug Prevention?

More and more schools are seeing how important SEL is in keeping kids away from drugs. Starting this kind of teaching early can really change a kid’s life for the better and keep them on a good path​​. The YESS Academy wants to help schools achieve this by teaching kids SEL in classrooms through our evidence-informed courses


Teaching kids about their emotions and how to handle life’s ups and downs is a powerful way to keep them away from drugs. With the right teaching and support, we can help build a strong, smart, and drug-free generation.
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