Roots of Empathy in Nova Scotia

History

Roots of Empathy launched in Nova Scotia in 2003-2004 and has reached over 23,000 children.

Impact

Read this Our Children Magazine article from Halifax. It beautifully describes a Roots of Empathy program and shares stories that show how the program is helping the students, the teachers, and the volunteer family – Baby Tessa and Mom Allison.

97% of teachers in Nova Scotia with Roots of Empathy programs in their classrooms strongly agreed or agreed that as a result of the program, students are more empathic to one another.

97% of teachers in Nova Scotia with Roots of Empathy programs in their classrooms strongly agreed or agreed that as a result of the program, students are more able to understand other people’s points of view.

We offer our programs in French and English and to Indigenous communities.

In the report “Respectful and Responsible Relationships: There’s No App for That,” the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying states, “School personnel also must develop enhanced competencies in mental health literacy, suicide prevention and forms of learning that promote empathy and positive relationships. Programs under the umbrella of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and specific programs like Roots of Empathy would be two examples.”

Support

Roots of Empathy programs in Nova Scotia are supported by the provincial government of Nova Scotia as well as regional agencies and community funders.

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