Sharing the Impact of the Roots of Empathy Program

Art and Stories by Children who are Changing the World

I Got Bullied


A time I got bullied was when I got teased.

Tessah has drawn with aching clarity the pain of being bullied. She even remembers what she was wearing. Being able to describe how you feel psychologically reduces levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Drawing this picture opened an opportunity for the Roots of Empathy Instructor to ask others what they might have done when Tessah was teased. Roots of Empathy children do not stand by when they see cruelty, they stand up. This concept has been captured in an upcoming feature length documentary film on genocide and empathy called Upstander, which will be narrated by Ben Affleck. Tessah is a changer.

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Roots of Empathy is a charitable organization, whose mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. Our vision is to change the world – child by child.