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Hopeful Artwork showing empathy

What can Roots of Empathy teach the world? "To be kinder and to be a better place." 

That's what Allie, a grade 3 Roots of Empathy student, told us after sharing this art.

  Like 8 year old Allie, children in Roots of Empathy classes feel they are changers. They are changers in their relationships with others as peace builders but they also dream about healing the world. They deserve our respect and support.
Awards from HundrED on education innovation

Roots of Empathy is inducted into the "Hall of Fame" for education innovation!

Announced in October, this particular Hall of Fame honour puts Roots of Empathy in another category! A top-notch category after being selected for the past 5 years from thousands of education innovations to be part of HundrED’s annual Global Collections. We are honoured to be 1 of only 4 selected globally to their permanent Hall of Fame for education innovation, and we could not have done it without you!


An Instructor shares a heartfelt moment

In a grade 3 Roots of Empathy class, a student's father had passed away from cancer a few months earlier.

He hadn’t talked about it in class but was often very sad and withdrawn. The students were sharing their dreams and the transitional objects that help them to feel safe while they are having trouble sleeping. The student ....

Mary Gordon talks about nurturing emotional literacy

Speaking with teachers, educators, parents and youth counsellors

This fall, we were invited & delighted to share insights into emotional literacy,  empathy, and their connection to mental health and wellbeing. Thank you to the Early Childhood Community Centre (Niagara), the Schools of the Future Conference in Hawaii, the Paediatric Society in New Zealand, and Ashoka and BKK for the New Longevity Summit in Spain. Also, check out small clips at left and below from our Fireside Chat for parents, teachers and educators.

Training 2022

Persistent training with purpose

372 new Roots of Empathy Instructors were trained for this school year to deliver the award-winning Roots of Empathy curriculum!  The extensive training steeps volunteers in the program philosophy, values, structure and the how to deliver the program over 27 classroom visits. The rigorous training and ongoing mentoring throughout the year, ensures outcomes for children that benefit their mental health and well-being, while also supporting the satisfaction of Instructors as they make a difference in children's lives.

Wishes of children for the baby showing Empathy

The spirit of wishing and hoping for others

The Roots of Empathy program inspires children to think of the feelings of others. An expression of this is demonstrated with a "Wishing Tree", where children express their hopes for their 'Tiny Teacher' at the end of their program. This Holiday season we wanted to thank you for your support and share a 'Wishing Tree', and caring that you have helped inspire.


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Roots of Empathy
250 Ferrand Drive, Suite 1501 | Toronto, Ontario  M3C 3G8
416-944-3001 | mail@rootsofempathy.org

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