Roots of Empathy Searching for Families and Instructors
Are you a proud parent with a new baby? Will your baby be between two and four months old in October? If so, you and your baby could be a Roots of Empathy Family!
Roots of Empathy is a program for elementary school children. The program’s aim is to increase empathy – the ability to understand how another person feels. Children learn to care for and respect each other, and there is less bullying and aggression.
To be a Roots of Empathy Family:
- Nine times over the school year, you and your baby will visit a classroom with the Roots of Empathy Instructor and join the children around the “Green Blanket”. You will help the children learn all about your baby and in turn they will learn about themselves, their feelings, their temperament traits and their relationships with family and others.
- At the moment, we expect to have our babies on “Green Blankets” in classrooms, however if public health or schools restrict visitors, you may be asked to participate virtually from home in our Roots of Empathy Recovery Program through photos and videos.
- Babies must be between two and four months old in October.
Volunteer as a Roots of Empathy Instructor
The Roots of Empathy Instructor role is ideal for retired educators or existing school volunteers looking for a new opportunity. All candidates are encouraged to apply, however, experience with children is an asset.
- Instructors attend a four-day in-person training, with three days at the beginning of the school year and a fourth day midway through the school year.
- Programs are delivered by the trained Instructor in their local community school starting in the fall and going to the end of the school year.
- All Instructors are matched with a volunteer family, a classroom of students and their teacher and a Roots of Empathy Mentor who will support them in and out of the classroom.
Find out more about what is involved and listen to Instructors share their experiences on the Roots of Empathy website.
For more information and to learn how to get involved at HWDSB, please contact Lisa Kiriakopoulos at [email protected].