Roots of Empathy (Are you a proud parent with a new baby? Will your baby be 2 – 4 months old in October? You and your baby can make a lasting difference in children’s lives in your community!)

Organization Name: Roots of Empathy
Opportunity Title: Are you a proud parent with a new baby? Will your baby be 2 – 4 months old in October? You and your baby can make a lasting difference in children’s lives in your community!
Category: Children & Youth
Commitment: 6 months to 1 year
Start Date: August 17, 2023
End Date: June 30, 2029

Email: cashworth@rootsofempathy.org
Website: https://rootsofempathy.org/
Details:
  • Family-oriented volunteering
Opportunity Description:

The charity Roots of Empathy provides an award-winning program for elementary school children that independent research shows increases empathy, reduces aggression & bullying, and increases caring, kindness & inclusiveness. “Change the world, child by child” by becoming a Volunteer Family The program is centred around you and your baby’s loving relationship, with a Roots of Empathy Instructor guiding a discussion with children, encouraging them to read your baby’s emotional cues and take your baby’s perspective. Your baby is the “Tiny Teacher”. The children learn to identify and name your baby’s feelings, reflect on and understand their own feelings, then bridge to understand the feelings of others. The development of emotional literacy helps children understand how their behaviour or words can hurt others and enables children to make friends and build positive relationships. 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 and their temperament traits. The children will celebrate your baby’s milestones, such as rolling over, clapping, sitting and more, which are captured in a photo book for you and your baby. The children show their love of the baby at the end of the program with wishes for the baby’s future. For more information or to apply, contact: Cheryl Ashworth, Southern Alberta Coordinator, Roots of Empathy – cashworth@rootsofempathy.org or visit https://rootsofempathy.org/family/ *Babies must be between 2 and 4 months old in October

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