CREW: Friends for the Journey is a powerful social and emotional learning (SEL) program for schools and after-school programs that serve middle-school youth. Through highly interactive, age-appropriate and engaging activities, CREW creates a safe space where young people:  
  • build friendships  
  • discuss crucial issues in their lives
  • develop their social and emotional strengths
  • have fun 
Students meet once or twice a week with their CREW leader, an adult who facilitates sessions of 35-45 minutes based on the CREW curriculum. Activities address key issues affecting middle school youth, including friendship; feelings; loss; stress; culture, prejudice, and discrimination; dreaming and goal-setting; school success; adults; gender identity; and social media. Over time, students bond as they develop life-improving social and emotional skills, including self-awareness and self-management, assertiveness, and problem-solving.

Morningside Center provides professional development for staff, including both training and on-site coaching on SEL and the CREW curriculum.  

CREW leaders report that students become more confident, more mature and more respectful of one another, develop positive friendships and develop a better rapport with adults. “Students said CREW gave them the opportunity to share, to know that someone cared," reported one CREW leader. "They learned it’s okay to be yourself.”   

If you are exploring ways to bring engaging, effective SEL programming to your NYC middle school or after-school program, please contact:  Doris Lo at or 212-870-3318 x37.