WINGS for Kids launches new recruitment effort, website

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WINGS for Kids, an award-winning education program focused on social and emotional learning, has announced the launch of its 2011 WINGS Leader recruitment effort.

WINGS relies on a dedicated team of college students who serve as WINGS Leaders throughout the school year working inside area schools in a hands-on teaching environment. Now hiring new Leaders for the 2011-2012 academic year, the organization has launched a new recruitment website and is reaching out to area universities in search of its next group of WINGS Leaders.

"WINGS Leaders are the heart of our organization," says WINGS CEO Bridget Laird. "They interact with kids on a daily basis, imparting powerful life lessons and growing personally as mentors and individuals. It’s a life-changing experience and wonderful training not only for education majors but anyone planning to enter a full-time job after college."

WINGS Leaders provide daily guidance to their "nest" of 8-12 kids, leading them in activities designed to accomplish the objectives of the week. Social and emotional learning objectives are weaved into curriculum to strengthen kids’ connection to school and diminish bad behavior – the two factors that educational research shows determine future success. Leaders work each weekday afternoon during the school year except elementary school holidays and earn a competitive stipend paid out regularly throughout the school year. They receive an additional tuition repayment grant through WINGS partner AmeriCorps on completion of their commitment to the program.

To learn more about becoming a WINGS Leader and submit an application, go to To invite a WINGS representative to speak to your class or organization about this opportunity, call (843) 789-4184.

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