WINGS for Kids

WINGS for Kids

WINGS for Kids helps low-income children in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and California develop healthy social and emotional learning skills through an innovative afterschool program.

WINGS’ well-codified curriculum of more than 30 different social and emotional learning (SEL) activities helps children, grades K-6, develop self-awareness, relationship skills, social awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making.

Students enrolled in WINGS receive services three hours a day, five days a week throughout the school year.

WINGS monitors outcomes such as attendance and classroom behavior in elementary school on the hypothesis that improvements will lead to deeper engagement in school, better academic outcomes, graduation from high school, and avoidance of risky behaviors.


In 2013, WINGS received an EMCF Social Innovation Fund award of up to $2.5 million over three years and became a True North Fund grantee. EMCF followed that up with investments ending in 2018 that totaled $2.9 million.

These investments helped WINGS:

  • Grow from serving 575 kids in 2013 to 2,810 in 2018;
  • Expand to three new states;
  • Form a partnership with the Pomona CA School District to implement its model in all 21 of its K-6 schools; and
  • Conduct a randomized controlled trial that showed promising results for participants’ self-awareness and executive function.

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