City at Hope - SEL in New York City


Friday March 26th is International SEL Day! In celebration of Social Emotional Learning, A City at Hope, a working group of leaders from NYC’s youth and education organizations, are sharing promising practices to advance SEL in NYC.

Join us at 2pm ET on #SELDay, Friday, March 26th for A City at Hope: SEL and Education in NYC, a panel discussion featuring:

  • David Adams, CEO Urban Assembly
  • Ebony Ford, Educator, Urban Assembly Unison School
  • Susan Haskell, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Jacques Noisette, Director of Social Emotional Learning, ExpandED
  • Elizabeth Stranzl, Director of Policy, Division of School Climate and Wellness, NYC Department of Education
  • Moderated by Ross Wiener, Vice President, Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Education & Society Program


In 2019, the Aspen Institute released ‘A Nation at Hope,’ a report about integrating social emotional learning into general education for young people. Inspired by the Aspen Institute, the Urban Assembly and ExpandED convened A City at Hope, gathering leaders from youth-serving institutions in NYC to activate and implement A Nation at Hope's recommendations citywide. Now approaching the six-month mark of this innovative initiative, A City at Hope released their Interim Report on the ways in which they are advancing SEL for young people in NYC.