A Comprehensive Online & In-Person Curriculum & Program Thats Gives Students in Grades 6-12 the Tools to Thrive in and out of the Classroom. 

We live in a stressful world and our nation’s children and adults are coping with new and prevalent emotional realities we can’t ignore. Social and Emotional Wellness is Critical.


Tumaini DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides evidence-based Social and Emotional and Learning programming and curricula for students in the classroom and community-based settings. We provide interactive SEL-focused professional development opportunities for teachers to increase school and organizational climate & culture. Our evidence-based Social Emotional Learning curriculum, The Tumaini Way, is comprised of 25 lessons, designed on the basis of the mindfulness, brain-based learning, cognitive behavioral therapy theoretical models,  and social justice which support the five core Collaborative for Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) competencies.  

The mission of Tumaini DC, Inc. is to cultivate the next generation of socially responsible and culturally competent youth and adults through transformational social and emotional learning resources and experiences.



Our curriculum, resources, implementation model, and professional development opportunities ensures that each student, in each school, in each community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

What Are the Students Saying?

Janae Bailey
Tumaini SEL Academy Participant
"Tumaini DC gave me a second chance at life when I wanted to give up. This organization taught me how to make better decisions, control my attitude, build better relationships, and get involved in my community. Years later, I am still connected to my Tumaini Mentor, who has helped me define and pursue my personal and professional goals.”
Jashawn Evans
Tumaini 2020 Virtual SEL Academy Participant
"During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tumaini DC provided me with an opportunity to attend virtual sessions that assisted me with life skills that will lead to success in college and career. I am happy to be #TeamTumaini.”

The Tumaini 2020 Virtual Social and Emotional Learning Academy 


We are excited to connect with you and share updates regarding trends in Social Emotional learning, opportunities with Tumaini DC, and tips for implementing SEL practices in schools, in the community, and at home.  Read all about our latest updates, and get involved today!


Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.


We believe in a “whole-child” approach to education beyond the walls of the classroom. Success in college and careers is not built on strong academics alone, and Tumaini DC has developed a curriculum to ensure that children establish communication skills, collaborate well with their peers, and have mentors who inspire them. SEL programs in Out of School Time settings can help develop the foundational competencies and enhances students' ability to succeed in school, careers, and life. We are committed to positive youth development which will build strengths such as character, citizenship, positive cultural identity, supportive relationships and equitable learning opportunities through active and experiential learning. 


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