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.
MAKING AMERICA KIND,
ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME
Our country has become heavily polarized. Anger and extremism are erupting on both sides of the aisle and children are feeling the impact. Our program gives kids the tools to lead a Gratitude Campaign to not only uplift their peers, but also the adults around them.
CREATING A CULTURE OF SUPPORT AND BELONGING
We work directly with elementary schools to improve the climate using a two-week, school-wide Gratitude Campaign. The student-led program is:
Easy to implement
Builds relationships between children and adults
The program is universal - affecting kids suffering from toxic stress as well as those on the opposite end of the spectrum, who may be struggling with the perfectionism that comes with privilege or opportunity.
WE FOCUS ON GRATITUDE BECAUSE IT CREATES POSITIVE CONNECTIONS AND MAKES PEOPLE MORE RESILIENT
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.
We offer a Do-it-Yourself Kit to empower students and staff to run a two-week, school-wide Gratitude Campaign. We ship materials to the school and give staff access to an online training platform, which helps schools plan and implement the program. We charge a small fee to cover materials (averaging 13¢ per student/day), and subsidize low-income schools. When schools pay a small fee, they take the campaign seriously and take ownership of their school climate. It also helps students develop self-esteem and positive relationships with adults who can buffer them from toxic stress.
Look for the Good Project is a simple first step in creating a safe space where children feel seen, heard, and respected. It integrates very well with many other SEL programs.
In just three years, the program has reached 121,545 students in 30 states, who have written 1,875,665 messages of gratitude to uplift their school communities. Of the 2,600 students who opted to take our anonymous survey, 76% of students reported there was more kindness in the school, 71% thought there was less bullying during the program, and 92% reported that they would recommend the program to other schools. Feedback from school staff has been 100% positive and we have many schools who opt to run the program again.
Anne Kubitsky, CEO + Founder
Anne Kubitsky originally started the Look for the Good Project as a public art project. For four years, 22,000 grateful messages poured into her PO Box from all over the world which helped her go through a lot of personal growth and healing. So many kids participated in the project that she finally founded the organization in 2014 to specifically serve schools. Anne is an international speaker, the author of the book, What Makes You Grateful, and a recipient of "The Points of Light Award," a service award originated out of the White House through President George HW Bush.
Board of Directors
PAUL TOENJES, CHAIR
CEO, Semita Health
ANNE KUBITSKY, PRESIDENT
Founder & CEO, Look for the Good Project
DAVID LUTIAN, TREASURER
Consultant, ACS Groups
KELLY CHAPMAN, SECRETARY
Former Director of Membership Services,
Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Director of Student Activities
CT Association of Schools
Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Associations
Managing Partner, The EdTech Fund
COO & Co-Founder, BarkBox
EVP, Edelman PR
Social Worker, Wallingford Board of Education
Grant Writer, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Co-Founder & CEO, CyberChrome & CyberResearch
Director, Youth Gratitude Project
Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft
STEM Program HeliVenture
VP of Products, Network for Good
Justin Garcia, Garcia & Milas Law Firm
And so many educators & kids...