Teaching the skills necessary for excellent citizenship and life skills comes through social development. Current scientific research supports the need and implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The SEL model is defined as the students´ “ability to successfully manage emotions, establish healthy relationships and make responsible ethical decisions” (Elias and Payton).

CAMPA will help students develop personal awareness, including developing social skills, managing emotions, and conflict resolution. In an effort to articulate the vision of the proposed school to staff, students and parents will attend the mandatory summer sessions to acclimate everyone to the philosophy of SEL and behavioral expectations of CAMPA.

In reviewing the community health profile for East New York and New Lots, it states that adults in East New York and New Lots have an increased risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Heart disease hospitalizations are well above the city average, nearly 1 in 3 adults is obese and 16% have diabetes. The Journal of American Medicine also reports that childhood obesity is epidemic throughout the United States. Thirty-one point nine percent of children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 years old are overweight or obese.

Research further supports that well-nourished children have higher test scores, better school attendance, fewer classroom behavior problems and in future years, have healthier and more productive lives in the workplace.

CAMPA is committed to fostering wellness for our students and the East New York community. At CAMPA, our health/wellness program will consist of physical education, nutrition, and community health. CAMPA will equip students with the knowledge and skills to live a healthy life.