Wingman is a powerful youth leadership program that inspires empathy,
compassion and courage in all children.
Wingman is a unique youth leadership program that develops social and emotional skills through team bonding and trust building activities. Wingman inspires children to be more empathetic, courageous and inclusive young leaders. The mission of Wingman is to inspire students, regardless of age, level or skill to become helpful heroes that go above and beyond for each other. Wingman boosts children’s confidence and recognizes their unique strengths - creating an atmosphere of connection and belonging.
The Wingman Program is a fun, engaging, team-bonding experience for students of all ages that helps create a supportive, inclusive environment. Wingman Leadership class will begin fall, 2019 and will be open for all SS students ages 5+.
What are social and emotional skills and why should they be taught?
According to the National Mentoring Resource Center, “Social-emotional (SE) skills include the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for youth to recognize and control their emotions and behaviors; establish and maintain positive relationships; make responsible decisions and solve challenging situations; and set and achieve positive goals. Sometimes labeled as 21st century skills, soft skills, non-cognitive skills, or character attributes, social and emotional skills have been shown to be malleable and linked to academic, career, and life success. Based on this evidence, promoting these skills in young people has become a priority for both schools and after school settings.”
What topics are covered in Wingman team-building activities?
Wingman Core Values
Getting To Know You
Respect & Teamwork
Understanding and Practicing Growth & Challenge Mindset
Gratitude, Giving Back and Community Service
Self-Acceptance, Awareness, Confidence & Efficacy
Diversity & Inclusion
Reflection, Expression and Positive Communication with others
Empathy, Recognizing and Responding to Emotions
The Importance of Peer Recognition and Support
How Wingman Works
Wingman is a youth-led program led by a Wingman "Teen Leader Team" of 4-6 teens (7th-12th grade) who lead the monthly Wingman activities. Adult "Mentor Champions" meet with the Teen Leader Team once a month to prepare them for presenting the next month’s activities. The Teen Leader Team will lead younger students in the Wingman experiential activities with the Mentor Champion overseeing.
This has multiple positive effects. The younger children are learning Wingman activities through role models they can easily emulate. The Teen Leaders are learning through leading activities and are held to a “role model” standard by practicing what they are presenting in and around Studio Sharise. And just like any other arts technique, students are learning from each other and growing together as a whole each year with consistent repetition.
Wingman is a project of Dylan's Wings of Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley, one of the first grade victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.