ThinkGive can be a standalone unit for 4-8 graders or complement and enhance broader SEL initiatives.

We are committed to ensuring that your students get the most out of their experience. Our team will make it easy for you to seamlessly integrate ThinkGive into your existing curricula. We provide comprehensive lesson plans, ongoing support, and a post-program report summarizing student impact and key learnings.

All lesson plans are research-based and mapped to CASEL Core Competencies as well as State and Common Core Standards.

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How does ThinkGive align with CASEL Core Competencies?

  • Throughout the program, students reflect on their actions, emotions, thoughts, and values – and consider who they are and who they want to be. Outcomes show an increase in confidence and sense of purpose. Specific skills include:

    • Integrating personal + social identities
    • Demonstrating honesty + integrity
    • Linking feelings, values, and thoughts
    • Examining prejudices + biases
    • Experiencing self-efficacy
    • Having a growth mindset
    • Developing interests + a sense of purpose

  • ThinkGive lessons, and resulting student actions, consistently encourage students to consider the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. Specific skills include:

    • Taking others’ perspectives
    • Recognizing strengths in others
    • Demonstrating empathy + compassion
    • Showing concern for the feelings of others
    • Understanding + expressing gratitude
    • Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones

  • Throughout the program, students step into their courage zone to connect with diverse individuals and groups outside of their close circle of friends and family – promoting the development of healthy and supportive relationships. Specific skills include:

    • Developing positive relationships
    • Demonstrating cultural competency
    • Resisting negative social pressure
    • Showing leadership in groups
    • Seeking or offering support and help when needed
    • Standing up for the rights of others

  • ThinkGive encourages students to make caring and constructive choices about their personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. With every lesson, students evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being. Specific skills include:

    • Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness
    • Identifying solutions for personal and social problems
    • Anticipating and evaluating the consequences of one’s actions
    • Reflecting on one’s role to promote personal, family, and community well-being
    • Evaluating personal, interpersonal, community, and institutional impacts

  • ThinkGive encourages students to manage their behaviors effectively in different situations, and to feel motivation and agency to accomplish personal and collective goals. Specific skills include:

    • Exhibiting self-discipline and self-motivation
    • Setting personal and collective goals
    • Showing the courage to take initiative
    • Demonstrating personal and collective agency