Students participating in a Roots of Empathy program.
“Roots of Empathy can teach the world that it is important to know how a person is feeling, being in someone else’s shoes. I learned from Roots of Empathy how to have empathy for others in my classroom and my school. I have learned that it is important to be kind to one another and to stand up for someone that is being bullied.”
- Grade 5 Student, Seattle
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 the Bay Area, California. Programming in both states is set to grow this year. Since its introduction, Roots of Empathy has reached almost 10,000 American children. 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 relationships, and facilitating formative experiences where people can better practice and develop prosocial behaviours in their families, schools, and communities.