Students participating in a Roots of Empathy program.
"Roots of Empathy can teach the world that it's not okay to hurt someone. Everyone is special and they should be treated kindly. Just because someone is doing something bad doesn't mean you have to do the same thing just to act cool. Someone can be different than you... Don't judge them."
- Grade 4/5 Student, Lake Forest Park Elementary
In 2007, Roots of Empathy came to the USA. The launch in the Seattle area of Washington state was made possible through the generous support of the John and Nancy Sabol Foundation and the Kirlin Charitable Foundation.
In 2011-12, Roots of Empathy pilots were successfully conducted in both New York, New York, and Bay Area, California, and programming in both states is set to grow this year. Roots of Empathy has launched its US expansion in partnership with the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust.
NEW! Roots of Empathy is featured on PBS NewsHour's American Graduate project.
The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust works to fulfill its mission of helping people get along better. The Trust proactively invests in evidence-based solutions focused on nurturing prosocial attitudes, values, and behaviours such as empathy, kindness, and cooperation in young people across the country. In partnership with national organizations, the Trust seeks to create more inclusive communities by building nurturing environments, encouraging meaningful interpersonal relationsihps, and facilitating formative experiences where people can better practice and develop prosocial behaviours in their families, schools, and communities.