Look for the Good Project is a 501C3 Nonprofit Organization headquartered at the Connecticut Association of Schools. Our mission is to make America kind, one school at a time. We build our programming around the core belief that gratitude changes mindsets, reduces violence, and improves everything.
We Prepare School Communities for Social Emotional Learning
According to a study of 97,000 K - 12 students, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices can boost academic success, decrease disruptive behavior, and reduce emotional stress in the long term. But in order to achieve these goals, school communities must be ready to learn. Otherwise, SEL programs fall flat. Without school-wide readiness for SEL learning, programs are implemented in superficial or fragmented ways; youth voice goes missing from the strategy; adults forget to model the skills, or worse - they create resentment by telling students how to feel. This is why Look for the Good Project creates a readiness for SEL learning through a simple two-week, school-wide Gratitude Campaign.
Our Two-Week, School-Wide Gratitude Campaign Program
The program is easy to implement, scalable, inexpensive, empowering, and builds positive relationships between children and adults throughout the school. So far, 150,000 kids in 35 states have used the program to generate two million messages of gratitude to uplift their communities. Feedback from school staff has been 100% positive and 92% of students reported that they would recommend the program to other schools. Most importantly, it prepares an entire school community to handle stress, conflict, and disappointment in a positive, constructive way.
We Focus on Gratitude Because it Cultivates Joy, Kindness & Resilience
According to UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, "having an attitude of gratitude changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps gray matter functioning and makes us happier and healthier. When you feel happiness, the central nervous system is affected. You are more peaceful, less reactive and less resistant." In addition, researchers from the Greater Good Science Center report that grateful kids are happier, more satisfied with their lives, more generous, more cooperative, and more likely to use their strengths to better their communities.
This is a Fun & Systematic Approach to Preparing a School for Social Emotional Learning
We Based Our Activities on Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's Broaden & Build Theory
Learn more about the "Broaden and Build Theory" in this talk by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, a highly cited scholar in psychology... as well as an enthusiastic supporter of the Look for the Good Project!
Look for the Good Project is a Simple First Step in Creating a Safe Space for SEL Learning.
Brooker Creek Elementary School
Tarpon Springs, Florida
West Terrace Elementary School
John H. Amesse Elementary School
Lenox & Lincoln Elementary Schools, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
We surveyed both schools separately, and their results were practically identical: 92 - 93% of kids thought that the program made everyone more kind; 81 - 82% of kids thought that there was less bullying during the program; AND 97 - 98% of kids reported that they would recommend the program to other schools!
Meet Our Youngest Supporter
After learning about the Look for the Good Project in kindergarten, Lucy started completing acts of kindness in her community. Now, nine years old, Lucy has started her own recycling club, picked up hundreds of pounds of trash, volunteered at animal shelters, and raised enough money to sponsor a Look for the Good Program at Pitkin Elementary School!