Incorporating Social Emotional Learning in Youth Programs


Attention to mental health is more important than ever! Learn how you can support the mind body connection and empower a growth mindset in your scholars with BellXcel Explorers, curriculum designed to support healthy minds and healthy bodies. Social emotional learning, enrichment, and physical fitness are the cornerstones of this fun and engaging activity-driven curriculum.

Takel Shavers from the YMCA of Greater Richmond, shares her experience leveraging the BellXcel Explorers curriculum in their year-round programming. Learn the benefits they have experienced from providing this whole-child programming as well as how you can successfully implement Explorers in your program as well!

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Meet Your Speakers:


Mark Williams  
Chief Partner Success Officer at BellXcel

Mark Williams serves as chief of partner success at BellXcel. Mark has dedicated his career to the issue of educational equity and innovation as a teacher and nonprofit leader.


Joy Dixon, MPh  
Director, Partner Success at BellXcel

Joy Dixon is a nonprofit professional who has spent over a decade developing and training young leaders. As director of partner success, Joy guides partners through implementation and program execution within the BellXcel platform.

Takel Shavers

Takel Shavers  
Operations Director, Curriculum Development and Power Scholars Youth Development  at YMCA of Greater Richmond

Takel Shavers has worked with youth for 19 years, she began her career as a public-school educator and is currently the Operations Director of Curriculum Development and Power Scholars at The YMCA of Greater Richmond. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two teenage daughters. She enjoys traveling with her family and strengthening her YMCA team and community. 

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