Empathy Rocks Workshops
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.
Through our Empathy Rocks Anti-Bullying workshops, students learn all about empathy and why they should care about the way others feel. Students watch videos, play games, participate in activities, share their experiences, and listen to others on their journey toward true care and empathy. This workshop serves as a first step which can later be complimented with our Educational Arts programs or additional workshops such as The Power of Words, Bravery, and Acts of Kindness. Schools and teachers that have received the workshops often see a marked difference in the way their students behave and treat one another on a regular basis.
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.