Sharing the Impact of the Roots of Empathy Program

Art and Stories by Children who are Changing the World

Feeling Left Out


When I was left out Alaine pat my shoulder.

In Lydia’s Roots of Empathy class there had been discussion about what it feels like to be left out. Her classmate Alaine noticed that Lydia was left out and responded with empathic action. She patted her shoulder. Lydia was so appreciative of this empathy touch that she drew a picture of it. This picture was a lesson to every child in the class that they may not be responsible for bad things happening but they can do something about it. Lydia 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.