Roots of Empathy launched in New York in 2011.
- 100% of students in New York who have participated in Roots of Empathy reported that if they saw a friend being bullied or treated meanly, they would help them.
- 88% of students in New York who have participated in the program reported understanding how other people feel.
What New York State students and instructors say
“My Roots of Empathy Baby made me a nicer person.”Student, Sixth GradeBronx
“Roots of Empathy can teach the world to respect and be empathetic towards other people. We can also teach the world to care for one another. Roots of Empathy step by step can give hope that no matter what is going on we need to be there for everybody and that’s really important.”Student, Fourth GradeNew York City
“Roots of Empathy can teach people that feelings are delicate thing like babies and you have to be very careful with feelings because like babies, feelings can be easily hurt.”Student, Fourth GradeNew York City
““To watch the children with the baby is magical. They all change as the baby enters the room. The adults change as well. You see the mood calm and the faces light up. What a way to learn about growth. They think more. They analyze more about themselves and others.”Roots of Empathy Instructor, Fourth GradeNew York City