Social Emotion at the Center

Saturday, May 1st 9:30 - 11:00am

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Session Description


Day 2:
Building on the introduction to the Clover Model of Youth Development introduced on Friday, the PEAR team along with youth professionals from the field will delve more deeply into how to develop strategies that help to develop agency and voice among young people in a variety of contexts and communities.

Speaker Info

Jamaal Williams 

Assistant Director of Training

Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR)

Jamaal Williams is committed to building youth and educators to affect social change. A graduate of Cornell University by way of Queens, NY, he has used his talents in service-learning programming, group facilitation, and talent development throughout his career. He served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year, worked in higher education and in local politics, and became a leader in the field of nonprofit recruitment and admissions. He currently works at Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR) supporting schools and youth-serving programs in building their capacity for social-emotional learning and development. His passion for youth development is only matched by his love of reading, cooking and his sweet mid range jump shot.

Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR) has contributed to the social-emotional and STEM education fields for the past 20 years. The organization was founded in 1999 by Dr. Gil Noam while he was a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Harvard Medical School’s psychiatric teaching hospital. Our team members have a passion for improving the lives of children by increasing their opportunities for success, both in and out of school. We are guided by evidence and work to connect education, youth development, and mental health as thought leaders in the field. We are committed to reducing inequities in the lives of young people, their families, and their educators. Reflecting the broad diversity of our community and supporting an inclusive culture are essential to our mission of helping all young people thrive.