STRONG RELATIONSHIPS MATTER
STRONG RELATIONSHIPS CREATE A READINESS FOR LEARNING
Most children experience toxic stress, which dyregulates their stress response and can lead to life-long behavior problems, learning difficulties, and physical health issues. Learn more here >>
When children experience a consistent connection with a supportive adult, it can alter their brain chemistry and prepare them for learning. This is why schools need to prioritize Social Emotional Learning Practices (SEL) and relationship building.
According to a 2017 study of 97,000 K - 12 students, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices:
Boost academic success
Decrease disruptive behavior
Reduce emotional stress in the long term
SOMETIMES SCHOOL IS THE ONLY
PLACE WHERE KIDS RECEIVE POSITIVE
SUPPORT FROM ADULTS
LOOK FOR THE GOOD PROJECT CREATES A SCHOOL CULTURE OF BELONGING AND MUTUAL SUPPORT
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.
Based on the "Broaden and Build Theory" in positive psychology, our school program is designed to expand awareness to a wider range of positive thoughts and actions. Learn more about the "Broaden and Build Theory" in this talk by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, one of the most highly cited scholars in psychology... as well as an enthusiastic supporter of this program!
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.