TUF Life Skills
The Premier Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum
TUF provides the most relevant, engaging and measurable SEL curriculum that equips students with the tools they need to succeed in life!
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The Premium SEL Solution
Main SEL Courses, 200 + Lessons Includes Robust Teacher Lesson Guides
Hours of SEL Content and Engaging Instructional Videos Questions, Interactive Quizzes
Group & Individual Discussion Questions and Pre & Post Test Data
New TUF Financial Literacy course!
The Money Game featuring Eric Smith!
Live weekly virtual workshops with Eric Smith
Comprehensive student data reporting
Access to all 25 of TUF’s best in class online SEL life skills courses including The Money Game and Know your Values
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Being aware of one’s own feelings and those of others, regulating those feelings and using emotions appropriate to the situation are critical life skills that are often missing in today’s youth.
- Poor school performance
- Negative social relationships
- Anger, acting out, other aggressive behaviors
- Drug and alcohol abuse / addiction
- Depression / suicide
- 62% of teachers report bullying in their classroom
- Sexual harassment and violence
We are committed to training the HEART, because that is where true change takes place.
About TUF/The Premier SEL Solution
TUF LIFE SKILLS. TUF is the largest best in class digital library of Premium lessons in Social & Emotional learning (SEL) and Mental Health that are aligned to CASEL SEL standards. TUF uses proven evidence-based strategies to educate and certify students on how to:
Be-self-aware and socially-aware
Cultivate healthy relationships
Make ethical and responsible decisions
Avoid harmful social situations
Collaborate and practice team building skills
TUF positively impacts the culture of your School or Youth Agency by preparingthe whole student for success in the world that awaits them. TUF is a complete turn-key solution, with a proven blended learning approach that is easily implemented into multiple subjects. TUF inspires, engages, measures and truly connects with students producing successful outcomes!
The TUF Benefits:
Research shows that one’s Social and Emotional intelligence is the #1 indicator for life-long success.
83% gain in academic performance.
23% gain in social behaviors
10% reduction in depression and anxiety.
For every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is an $11 return
Decrease in substance abuse
Decrease in criminal behavior
Decrease in bullying
Improves relationships between students, teachers and parents
*Number listed next to each course = number of SEL lessons. Each lesson is 40 minutes long.
The question remains, where and how are these necessary life skills being taught? Most educational programs only focus on the IQ and academic arena revolving around standardized tests. However, research shows that social and emotional intelligence (SEL) has a greater influence on a person’s lifelong success than academic intelligence. By learning how to manage emotions, set and achieve goals, experience empathy and form positive relationships, young adults are able to make responsible decisions to achieve success in all aspects in life.
How can your school BEST IMPLEMENT Social Emotional Learning for your students?
Not sure where TUF SEL will fit into your school day? Great news! We are here to help! Our Implementation Specialists will work with you to develop your own customized implementation plan.
Our Implementation Specialist works with each school on how to best to utilize TUF curriculum to make the most effective and sustainable outcome. Our goal is to positively change the culture of each school by creating TUF as a positive common language among all students and teachers.
For an example of some implementation models, please see the different options below.
TUF Everyday: (40 minutes per day) *Most popular choice
TUF’s most robust model. Most schools incorporate TUF into a particular subject fit. (Examples: Advisory, Avid, Health/PE, Health, Critical Thinking, Peer Counseling, Student Success Class, English, Social Studies and more.)
We can help you create a roadmap with our 25 + courses/200+ Lessons!
Implementing TUF every day is the most effective way to positively impact the culture of your school.
Home Room/ Morning Show: (10 – 20 minutes per day)
What a great way to start the school day with an engaging and motivating video from one of our favorite TUF coaches! Because TUF videos are typically only 2-3 minutes long, they are time-efficient and a great intro into class or small group discussions. Starting the morning off with a TUF Talksets the right tone for the day and creates a positive mindset for both students AND teachers.
TUF Tuesday: (40 minutes per week)
It’s TUF day at your school, where one class period a week is allocated for TUF courses. Students look forward to this special day where all students are “talking TUF!” Incorporate TUF t-shirts and wristbands to create schoolwide TUF spirit!
ISS: (Each TUF segment is a 40 -minute session)
Our Individual Stand- AlonePlatform option is perfect for ISS (In-School Suspension or behavioral issues) where students can be autonomous and take TUF at their own pace without a teacher. The student data and reporting are efficient, allowing the teacher to track the students’ comments and results in order to get an insightful look into specific behavioral issues. A win/win for both student and teacher!
What separates TUF from other SEL curriculum?
What separates TUF from other Life Skills curriculum?
- TUF offers the largest ‘best -in -class digital library of SEL and Mental Health courses that exceed all State and District standards. TUF has positively impacted over 300,000 youth across the Nation and is often described by teachers and students as the “Netflix of Life Skills”
- We pride our-self on producing the most relevant, current and measurable SEL and Mental Health curriculum that truly engages and connects with students, providing outcomes that positively impact the culture of your school or youth agency.
- TUF’s proven unique blended- learning approach offers teachers and mentors the most comprehensive lesson guides in the industry.
- TUF courses offer a custom flexible implementation that fits into multiple subjects.
- TUF courses include real-life engaging testimonials relevant to each lesson from our celebrity role- models that truly connect with students.
- TUF offers an individual stand-alone feature for students to use for behavioral issues in (ISS) in-school suspension.
- All TUF courses provide powerful data reporting of your student’s success on an easy -to -navigate admin dashboard.
- TUF courses are a turn-key solution that are user- friendly for both teacher & student and are housed on our award- winning LMS digital platform that is custom branded for your school or organization.
- TUF is a gamechanger! TUF SEL and Mental Health courses are a premium curriculum that is often up to 50% less expensive than other Life Skills curriculum available.
“Every year, the Police Athletic League of Lakeland, FL conducts a summer academy for middle and high school students. During our summer academy we typically take a number of college and university trips. Due to COVID-19, we were not able to take our participants to these tours because most colleges and universities were not allowing visitors on campus. We were in search of a program to teach our kids valuable life skills. We were referred to the TUF life skills program. The program incorporates many valuable lessons on topics ranging from mental health, bullying, and substance abuse. The program utilizes various multimedia presentations and incorporates appearances from celebrities and athletes. Our students remained engaged in the program throughout our summer academy. I look forward to impacting many more students with the use of the TUF program.”
Sergeant Scott Weech, Lakeland Police Department, FL
I am the Student Success Coach and Peer Counseling teacher at Spoto High School in Florida. My primary job is to work with students that struggle in the areas of attendance, discipline, and academics. While working with these student’s interventions are put in place to help them achieve the goals that they set for themselves in each area. This year I had the opportunity to teach 3 classes of Peer counseling that included the same students that I serve on my Peer Counseling caseload. When presented with the opportunity to switch to the online TUF SEL curriculum the decision was easy and I saw the positive impact from the beginning. Students were truly engaged in TUF’sreal life lessons and during class discussions students opened up and actually shared their life experiences. Throughout the day I would hear students talk about how they used strategies that they learned in class to make good decisions. The lessons, the discussions, and the brainstorming of action steps helped facilitate an environment in the classroom that welcomed everyone no matter what situations you have been through or currently going through. Students also realized that they were not alone when it came to the life experiences they had to endure. Bonds were formed but above all students learned about themselves and felt more confident using the life skills they had learned.
-Antonio Bradford Student Success Coach, Spoto High School FL
We are so happy that we discovered the TUF SEL Curriculum! The courses are relevant and the learning experiences are engaging – our middle school students look forward to using the platform each day. The concept of creating your “own brand” has positively impacted our school culture. It has provided an authentic way to promote social & emotional competencies. By encouraging students to think about “their brand” and how decisions affect their brand, we have been able to teach decision making, self-awareness, social awareness and relationship skills in a way that relates to their middle school lives. We are proud to be using a developmentally responsive curriculum that is rooted in the CASEL competencies and our students are connecting to the interactive curriculum and real-life testimonials. We are confident that with the help of the TUF Curriculum students are internalizing the important life lessons that they are learning in middle school health class.
-Dr Glickman Rogers, Principal Oceanside, NY
TUF Life Skills is a new age version of social and emotional curriculum for teenagers. The cutting- edge digital platform grabs the attention of all students, including the most reluctant learners. Students are engaged in real-world lessons and are building their toolbox for the future. Their menu of topics allows schools to customize their approach while meeting students’ needs. If you are looking to develop well-rounded students, look no further.
-Shay McRae, Area Superintendent Hillsborough County Achievement Schools
What Kids are saying about TUF
MY KIND OF ROLE MODELS.
STUFF I CAN RELATE TO NOW.
IT’S LIKE THE NETFLIX OF LIFE SKILLS.
AWESOME GROUP DISCUSSIONS.
SPEAKS MY LANGUAGE.
TUF IS MY “GO TO”.
CAPTURES MY ATTENTION.
TUF HELPS ME OPEN UP ABOUT HARD ISSUES.
I THINK ABOUT BEING TUF ALL THE TIME NOW.
TUF HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!
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Hear what our customers and partners are saying about TUF!
“Learning to be the best, whether it be at school, sports or in life is the most important endeavor. All kids need TUF.”
“FINALLY, there is a program to uniquely reach the greatest needs of our generation by the way of sports – its called TRAIN UP FIRST.”
“Train Up has found a unique and simple way to LINK academics with athletics and with the Coaches support, can improve players’ performance in the classroom.”
“We are thrilled and honored to partner with TUF at our clubs in Tampa Bay. Our youth and staff are so very engaged in the program.”
“The “Train Up First” (TUF) material is very user friendly, and quickly engages young people generally, and young student athletes specifically. We are very pleased to be associated with such an outstanding organization”
“It’s not just [all] about football. With the help of Train Up I became eligible to play for FSU and now I play professionally. Thanks TRAIN UP!”
“I credit TUF with turning my high school academics around and giving me the focus to become a top athlete. My grades went way up, and I became eligible to not only play but to be recruited for college.”
“Through the amazingly transformation TRAIN UP program, our players have reached new heights in academics, on the field, in their homes, and throughout the community. ”
“The thing that they like most about TUF is the fact that the material itself is something they can actually use and operate on a daily basis. The curriculum just jumps off the screen and is so relevant to the things that kids are going through. ”
“TUF is an initiative that is impacting thousands of America’s youth in a significant way. TUF increases their chances to be successful in life socially and emotionally through their powerful life skills curriculum”
“I’ve seen how beneficial TUF has been to so many young people here in my hometown of Tampa. It helps students organize their priorities and helps keep them on track in terms of achieving their goals”
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