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Roots of Empathy--training and opportunity for 1x/week elementary classroom facilitation

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ORGANIZATION: Roots of Empathy

  • 4 people are interested

Would you like an opportunity to for uplift in your life/in community?

Would you like to support grade school kids' emotional well-being, decrease bullying/aggression, and increase engaged citizenship for our shared future?

Roots of Empathy has openings for new instructors and families with a baby born this summer to start in October. You would be assigned to one classroom for the school year. Locations: 7 Bellingham Elementary Schools, Blaine Primary, and Ferndale, Meridian and Mt. Baker School Districts' Elementary Schools are interested this upcoming school year (2024-2025)!

More info--

At the heart of the program are a neighborhood baby and parent(s) who visit a grade school classroom about 1x/month with the same kids and school teacher from mid October through the school year, with the baby in the role of "tiny teacher," just by being themselves.

We are reaching out to folks interested in being a trained local volunteer instructor to deliver the evidence-based weekly curriculum 1x/week (pre-family visit, family visit, post-family visit rotation), with the support of the schools and teacher in the classroom. Independent research around the world for the last 20 years shows lasting increases in sharing, caring, and helping, anddecreases in bullying and aggression.

We are also reaching out to parent(s) with a new baby (2-4 months in October) who would love the opportunity to participate 1x/month for 30 minutes in the same classroom/teacher all year, with instructor facilitating.

All diversities essential!

Health & germ boundaries supported!

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About Roots of Empathy


community-based, Bellingham, WA 98229, US

Mission Statement

Mission - To build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.


Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based program offered in elementary schools that started in 1996 in Toronto, Canada. We believe the leaders of tomorrow are sitting in the classrooms of today, and need imagination and empathy to navigate relationships and form connections and inclusion. Independent research around the world over the last 20 years that has shown significant change in reducing levels of aggression and bullying and increasing sharing, caring, and helping. This effect lasts over time.

We have secured funding for this opportunity in Whatcom County, offering for Bellingham School District in Fall 2022. There is an opportunity for 15 volunteer instructors and 15 parent(s) with a baby born between the first week of July and first week of September. All diversities of local instructors and parent(s)/baby welcome and important, including diverse family systems, abilities, race, ethnicity, country of origin.

  • Volunteer Instructors attend a 3 day training at the end of October, and a 4th day mid-way through the school year. They are matched with a volunteer family, a classroom of students and their teacher and a ROE Mentor. Total time commitment about 2 hours/week. Classroom visits start in November and going to the end of the school year.
  • Parent(s) and baby ('Tiny Teacher') visit a classroom 9 times (about 1x/month) over the school year
  • Students learn about their own and each other’s emotions by learning about the baby's emotions. And celebrate milestones!


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Whatcom County locationsBellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Meridian, Mt. Baker, WA 98248



  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • For volunteer instructors--a one time 3 day training (mid October), and then about 2 1/2 hours/week with prep, travel, 40 minutes classroom delivery, and mentor support. For parent(s) with babies--about once per month, 30 minutes in classroom lesson
  • Transportation (please let me know if gas prices are a barrier and we can see what's possible). Ability to participate consistently through the school year (minus school holidays).

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