The Nest Program for Healthy Childhoods focuses on giving students the knowledge and skills they need to have safe, healthy relationships both on- and offline. Student creativity and engagement are encouraged through developmentally appropriate activities that provide students the chance to practice skills and reinforce learning.
The Nest Program for Healthy Childhoods focuses on understanding what it means to be kind and help others, develop good friendships, and understand and respect appropriate boundaries. The lessons cultivate students’ skills associated with social and emotional learning, interpersonal interactions, and emotional regulation. Throughout the lessons, educators and students engage in interactive activities that build community, foster emotional awareness, and promote safety by helping students effectively recognize and respond to risky situations.
This lesson lays the foundation for an effective classroom environment, clarifying expectations around student behavior, and beginning to engage students in community building activities. Students collaboratively generate classroom agreements that center on participation, listening, and respect.
This lesson introduces students to vocabulary associated with emotions and emotional expression. By learning to distinguish and name different feelings, students better understand and explore their own experiences and develop the capacity to shift perspective and reframe.
Lesson 3 introduces the concept of diversity through a series of activities in which students explore what makes them both similar and different from one another, and what that means. This lesson also provides students with the opportunity to continue to practice and build on their emotion-associated vocabulary, while exploring what it means to be a friend, and what it means to take a friend’s perspective.
Building on previous lessons, Lesson 4 helps students appreciate that they are the bosses of their own bodies. The concept of “OK” and “NOT OKAY” actions are introduced, and students continue to practice their “feeling word” vocabulary by reflecting on their experiences. Students learn about their own intuition, and how to pay attention to it. Students are introduced to the “Yell Go Tell” strategy.
We take the evidence seriously. Current data about child sexual exploitation and trafficking reveals critical determinants for risk, including a significant relationship between emotional intelligence and protective factors in preventing exploitation and fostering resilience. As an evidence-based intervention, the Nest Program is built on proven methodologies from education, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and community psychology. Our programming nurtures children’s authentic selves and cultivates their inherent strengths.
We celebrate children’s inherent strengths. We nurture each child’s self-awareness and inspire them to explore their feelings, express their ideas, and establish boundaries, as we know that these are the most fundamental resources for safety and fulfillment. We encourage empowering beliefs and personal agency over fear-based ideas.
We depend on allied adults to form circles of support and bonds of trust where young people remain centered in safe, expansive places that provide for their growth and healthy development. We maintain focus on children’s voices, experiences, perspectives and sensibilities in direct interactions, as well as when they are not in the room.
We are dedicated to creating supportive environments based on a comprehensive understanding of trauma. Each traumatic experience is unique to each individual involved. We listen and affirm. We encourage voice and choice for trauma victims while modeling mutual trust and respect in interpersonal interactions. We are transparent in our messages and behaviors.
What stands out to me most about Nest is the depth of their research and knowledge about child victimization and trafficking. Their foundation is made up of truly brilliant and highly educated individuals who know how to share information at a developmentally appropriate level. Their trainings and curriculum are created in a way that both adults and students are deeply involved.
The 1-2 day Nest Teacher Training is a proprietary, evidence-informed program, delivered by a Master Trainer, that equips educators with the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing the Nest Program for Healthy Relationships. Participation is required to ensure maximum curriculum impact and curriculum safety.
During the training, participants build critical content knowledge and instructional mastery, and gain access to teacher-focused resources for personal support.
Participants are awarded Nest certification upon completion.
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