Where the funds go
The hard cost of presenting the World Kindness Concert each year is just over $50,000. This includes the venue rental, sound & lighting equipment, technical crew, production team, advertising, printing, musical director, back-up band, filming, front of house staff, web-site and administrative expenses. Our goal for the 2012 World Kindness Concert is to raise an additional $50,000 to implement the following preventative and educational programs which help to promote and inspire kind and positive action towards self, others and the planet. All of these programs have a strong focus on educating our youth. We feel that by teaching our young people about the power of kindness, compassion, empathy, forgiveness and social responsibility it will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the future of our world.
Kindness ROCKS is an inspirational and educational show focusing on the solution to the world-wide epidemic of bullying. This high-energy musi- cal production is themed around Kindness to self, others and our planet and helps teach kids the different ways to find true personal power without having to hurt themselves or anyone else in the process. Through the magical power of music, entertainment, laughter and the sharing of true per- sonal stories, "Kindness ROCKS" spreads the powerful messages of tolerance, social responsibility, empowerment, forgiveness and compassion. Our goal is to help stop violence and bullying in schools and communities throughout the world by inspiring youth to take kind and positive action on a daily basis and to let them know how important their words, actions & individual contributions are to the world.
For more information please visit: www.kindnessrocks.net
Our Goal: To present 9 Kindness ROCKS shows in 3 Lower Mainland communities in 2013, reaching over 6000 students. (Cost: $30,000)
Roots of Empathy
Started in 1996, Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effects in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. Roots of Empathy's mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy and emotional literacy in children and adults. At the heart of the program are a neighbour- hood infant and parent who engage students in their classroom. Over the school year, a trained Roots of Empathy Instructor guides the children as they observe the relationship between baby and parent, understanding the baby’s intentions and emotions. Through this model of experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a catalyst, helping children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. The long term focus is to build capacity of the next generation for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting. In the short term, Roots of Empathy focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression. Children learn to care for one another, their world and their future. Building good citizens in the classroom today will lead to a civil society tomorrow. The program reaches elementary schoolchildren from Kindergarten to Grade 8. In Canada, the program is delivered in English and French and reaches rural, urban, and remote communities including Aboriginal communities. Roots of Empathy is also delivered in New Zealand, the United States, Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
For more information please visit: www.rootsofempathy.org/
Our Goal: To support the training of 8 Roots of Empathy Instructors in BC in 2013. (Cost: $12,000)
Kindness Counts at School Toolkits ™
Designed and created by the Kindness Foundation of Canada, the Kindness Counts at School ToolkitsTM are a powerful resource for affecting posi- tive change at school and home! Practical, user friendly, and highly effective, these Kindness Counts at School ToolkitsTM incorporate a set of 10 Values, including Compassion, Self Awareness, Courage, Generosity and Integrity; each supporting kindness from a different perspective. Each Toolkit is an experiential learning tool and includes two interactive, thought provoking activities designed to stimulate dialogue and develop and strengthen positive character traits.
For more information please visit: www.kindnessfoundation.com/kindness_counts_programs
Our Goal: To donate the ‘Kindness Counts at School Toolkits’ to 100 BC classrooms in 2013 (Cost: $2500)
‘Kindness Heals’ mission is to uplift, inspire, empower and support students on their courageous personal journeys. This interactive and educa- tional presentation includes thought provoking multi-media, heart-warming personal stories from people who have dealt with addiction, low self- esteem, abuse, bullying, isolation, depression and suicidal thoughts . Kindness Heals also incorporates the very powerful ‘Cross the line’ exercise, which is a interactive and transformative activity designed to build diversity awareness and help participants learn about themselves and others. The focus of this 60-minute presentation is on the solution and prevention of these serious and far too common issues that our youth are facing at school and at home. The Kindness Heals presentation is geared towards students from grades 6 to 12, but can be adapted for younger students.
Our Goal: To sponsor 5 Kindness Heals presentations in 5 BC schools in 2013. (Cost: $5500)
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