MISSION

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

  • Scalable

  • Inexpensive

  • Empowering 

  • 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.

OUR STRATEGY

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.

RESULTS

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. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

This was by far the most successful school climate initiative I have ever introduced to my building. I have never had such positive feedback from parents, students and staff members. It gave my student leaders a chance to work together to plan and then to see their plan successfully put into action. The Look for the Good project sets a tone of understanding, tolerance, and acceptance for our children, and gives them the opportunity to set an example for the adults in their community.

 

—  Melissa Swanson, Wilcoxson Elementary School, CT

OUR TEAM

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

DAVE MALONEY

Director of Student Activities

CT Association of Schools

Advisory Committee 

KARISSA NIEHOFF

Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Associations

STANLEY BUCHESKY

Managing Partner, The EdTech Fund

CARLY STRIFE

COO & Co-Founder, BarkBox

LARRY KOFFLER

EVP, Edelman PR

CINDY SULTINI

Social Worker, Wallingford Board of Education

LAUREN ROBINSON

Grant Writer, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

MATT KUBITSKY

Co-Founder & CEO, CyberChrome & CyberResearch

GIACOMO BONO

Director, Youth Gratitude Project

 

ACE BARNES

Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft

STEM Program HeliVenture

JONATHAN GIBBS

VP of Products, Network for Good

LEGAL REPRESENTATION

Justin Garcia, Garcia & Milas Law Firm

Partnering Organization

Look for the Good

And so many educators & kids... 

Look for the Good Project

info@lookforthegood.org  |  Tel: 203.214.3687

EIN# 47-1070802

OUR CONNECTICUT OFFICE

Look for the Good Project, Inc.

Connecticut Association of Schools

30 Realty Drive, Cheshire, CT  06410

OUR MAILING ADDRESS 

Look for the Good Project, Inc.

1218 Essex Forest Drive

Cary, North Carolina 27518

We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Please make checks out to "Look for the Good Project" and send to our North Carolina office.