With direct services sites in Charleston, Atlanta and Charlotte, the mission of WINGS is to equip children with the social and emotional skills to succeed in school, stay in school, and thrive in life. WINGS for kids is the only education nonprofit nationwide of its kind focused solely on teaching social and emotional skills (SEL) to kids k-5th in an after school setting.  WINGS runs every school day for three hours for a total of 450 hours each school year, serving more than 1,600 kids every day in 11 schools (3 in Charleston, SC, 1 in rural Lake City, SC, 5 in Atlanta, GA and 2 in Charlotte, NC).  Since they began in 1996, WINGS has served more than 8,500 kids.  WINGS currently utilizes 140 college-aged mentors as WINGSLeaders, building up their social and emotional skill so knowledge can transfer from young adult to child. Programming is designed to teach 30 lessons rooted in the five core competencies of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

They were recently featured on CNN for their work:  Click HERE for video

WINGS has been featured in several books including “Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity” by Mario Morino (2011),  “Bringing Yourself to Work” by Michelle Seligson and Patricia Stahl (2003), “Scaling Your Social Venture” by Paul Bloom (2012), and “Working Hard & Working Well” by David Hunter (2013), among others.  WINGS CEO Bridget Laird was an honored contributor in Markets for Good Selected Readings: Making Sense of Data and Information in the Social Sector where she discusses how continuous flows of data can sharpen outcomes and impact in delivering on a mission.

For more information, visit the WINGS website: http://www.wingsforkids.org