EI Institute

Emotional Intelligence for Teens and Young Adults


SoEI collaborates with the EI Institute to specifically work with teens and young adults in the development of their life skills which consist of:

  • Self-awareness.
  • Empathy.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Decision making.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Effective communication.
  • Interpersonal relationship.

These life skills will be addressed through the training and development of their emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is incredibly important for adults and equally so in a teen’s development. There is considerable evidence pointing to its positive role in helping students deal with stress, develop relationships, and handle the transitions facing them be it college or the workplace.

In fact, the concept has become of incredible interest not only pedagogically, but to everyone who’s realized that today’s teens are going to make up tomorrow’s workforce .Also, there’s empirical evidence to suggest that teens with EI are better able to make the transition from high school to higher education.

At the EI Institute, Dr. Hank  works with two experienced and dynamic Upward Bound facilitators, Diva Hemphill, CEIC and Shadai Wilburn, CEIC.

Diva Hemphill serves as the Assistant Director for the Upward Bound program housed at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach (CEIC), Co-Founder of EI for Women, LLC, and a certified personal and professional life coach. Diva believes in helping others discover the best version of themselves by turning their "can'ts" into cans.

Shadai Wilburn is a highly energetic, proven leader who has an innate passion for serving the needs of disenfranchised and underserved populations. She is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach (CEIC), Co-founder of EI for Women, LLC, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services degree. Over the past four years, Shadai has served as an Academic Coordinator for TRiO Upward Bound housed at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina.

Whether you’re a parent, school, or community group, if you’re interested in learning more about the tools and skills that the approach imparts, contact us at: 813.431.9786.