No, SFK is not religious. It is a secular social-emotional learning program. From the beginning, SFK has served all faiths and those who do not have a faith affiliation equally. Children from families that identify as Muslim, Christian, and Jewish, “Spiritual but Not Religious,” and atheist have all participated and had the same positive outcomes.
We are aware that the word “spirituality” means different things to different people. When some think of “spirituality,” it relates to ancient religious traditions rooted in faith. To others, it means secular meditation and a practice of mindfulness in day to day life. We honor and celebrate whatever it means to you currently! Nothing we offer in our lessons will conflict with anyone’s belief system on the full spectrum of orthodoxy to atheism.
What we refer to as “spirituality” is simply the part of the child that is not the body and the mind. The ineffable, beautiful, unique “spirit” (in SFK we call it “Light”) that is inside of every child. It is the deeper, purpose-and-compassion driven core of who they each are. We seek to educate and nourish this part.
A “social-emotional education” teaches social-emotional skills. These skills include the ability to manage emotions, see challenges as opportunities, successfully communicate, behave appropriately, and recognize how one’s actions impact those around them.
Every child is equally at risk in this complex and ever-changing world, and the SFK program was developed to serve them all equally. From affluent areas of Miami, NYC and London, to impoverished areas of Rio de Janeiro and rural villages in Africa – SFK has improved lives. It is considered best for kids between the ages of 6-12.
SFK courses can be done online, from anywhere with an adult, OR through physical classes taught by a Certified SFK Facilitator. To do the courses online, you sign up, you log in, and you start learning! To attend physical classes, you write to us to inquire about classes taught by Certified SFK Facilitators in your own vicinity.
RAND honored the SFK program for exemplary outcomes in categories including communication, learning and study skills, behavior and attention – among others. Read more.
SFK is a global non-profit that seeks to spread social-emotional education to every child, everywhere. In accordance with that mission, SFK charges those in communities (like the US) where the population can afford to pay and uses that revenue to subsidize the programs they offer for free in developing nations where children need to not only be offered the classes, but internet and laptops as well.
So far SFK has been taught in 22 countries and translated into 5 different languages. We have helped more than 67,000 children worldwide and are reaching out to more communities all the time.
SFK was founded in 2002 by a group of like-minded mothers, educators, and mental health professionals. They saw that some of the most critical life skills were being left out of traditional education and decided to do something about it.
From the very beginning SFK has been completely supported by an ever-expanding group of dedicated donors, ambassadors, and volunteers. Our global community of donors and ambassadors are the ones who have seen the program’s results first hand.
By participating in our certification course, you will gain leadership and communication skills to better help children develop empathy, grit, and confidence. You will have a proven curriculum, and insider tips on how to support the children through it in the optimal way. The skills you learn from SFK will be a boon in all parts of life, personal and professional.