With bullying on the rise in U.S. schools and increasingly diverse classrooms and communities, the need for empathy has never been more important. Each year, more than 3.2 million students are bullied, while an estimated 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.
Bullying hurts everyone. It can cause lifelong anxiety and depression for victims. Others experience thoughts of suicide or self-harm. And bullying hurts the educational environment by affecting every child's ability to learn.
Children Mending Hearts works with schools and community organizations to help children learn to respect and celebrate differences, to be inclusive, and to recognize and stand up to prejudice and intolerance. Our program helps children understand and care for people who are different from them and who may be facing challenges very unique from their own.
- 95% of teachers reported that instances of bullying decreased in schools where Children Mending Hearts provides art and service-learning programs
- More than 90% of students who participate in Children Mending Hearts' art workshops significantly increased their practice of empathy toward others
- 95% of educators reported improved student-teacher relationships following the implementation of Children Mending Hearts' programs
- Various studies show that the more empathy a child displays, the less likely they are to engage in bullying, online and in real life