What has been the impact of your solution to date?
HIP’s educational curriculum has been presented to nearly 100 students in the San Francisco Bay Area. The initial impact is encouraging. Pre- and post-assessment data show that participants display the following:
1.) meaningful increases in awareness and understanding of the power of situations and groups to influence individual behavior;
2.) greater skill in resisting negative social influences;
3.) increased ability to overcome challenging situations - social, emotional and academic;
4.) greater belief in their own abilities to become catalysts for positive change, in their own lives and in their communities.
In Southern California, 20 high school students designed service-learning interventions in everyday heroism that they "taught back" to more than 200 younger students in their community.
Additionally, workshops in HIP’s curriculum were presented to 500 educators in Tijuana, Mexico and 60 officers during Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
The next 1-3 years will mark exponential growth. We plan to move into five additional high schools and directly reach 500 students through those efforts, and host 50 "train-the-trainer" workshops for educators, counselors, mentors and other youth workers.
These workshops will allow us to reach approximately 15,000 students. Moreover, we will work towards having HIP’s curriculum receive wide adoption by major school districts and other institutions, as well as publishing it in electronic and print book forms.
Within 3 years, we will see measurable decreases in bullying and youth violence, and increases in civic participation, in areas where HIP's programming has been delivered, as young people's capacity to practice empathy increases.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The major barrier that may hinder our success will be finding entry into schools, which tend to have little extra capacity for non-academic interventions. However, we believe that we can overcome this challenge because our curricula are extremely adaptable, able to be delivered in large-group assemblies, after-school clubs, during counseling periods, homerooms, etc. Moreover, with the main thrust of our work aiming towards training educators, we will be preparing individuals to take our programming into the schools in which they already work. Finally, we can make a compelling case that our work in fact IS an academic intervention, since activating students' empathy and increasing feelings of safety & security at school have been shown to have a substantial impact on academic achievement.
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Deliver our innovative curriculum to at least 500 students by forming partnerships with 5+ Bay Area high schools
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Deliver our innovative curriculum to at least 1,000 educators and other youth workers through a series of 10+ workshops
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Prior to founding HIP, Dr. Philip Zimbardo was finishing a distinguished career as a prof. of psychology at Stanford University; he is renowned as one of the world's leading social psychologists and a pioneer in the field (best known for the Stanford Prison Experiment). In 2006, when he was called as an expert witness the Abu Ghraib trials, his intellectual and emotional interests underwent a profound transformation. No longer content to focus on man’s inhumanity, he turned his attention, intellect and passion to how people can embody heroism, empathy, courage, integrity and action in the face of evil. It was not long before he would become the founder of HIP, a new organization designed to do just that: to promote heroism in all its facets, a subject that had received hitherto little, if any, formal academic attention. It was to be an organization rooted in science and research, an organization that would spawn countless everyday empathic heroes on every continent.