Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Imagine Sofia. At 5, she's adjusting to kindergarten; at 8, when her dog dies, she deals with it; at 9 she learns how to recognize her inner meanie and inner friend, and to support herself especially when facing challenges. At 10, some girls in her class are mean to her. She can shift her perspective to have empathy for the bullies, and help others to do the same.
But all kids are not this lucky. This project started in a personal way when one child suffered greatly as she was bullied. At that time there were no programs to help her - it was wrenching. That child was my daughter.
Today, with PH, there are tools in place, and students & adults are learning to: pause before reacting, respond with resilience, and initiate positive change.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
PH SEL+ curriculum is used in schools in 87 countries. Locally, it is present in 77 schools in the 5 service area counties. In a pilot study involving 13 classrooms, 88% of teachers said that PH increased students’ SEL; 85% of teachers reported that PH strengthened their emotional resilience; and 74% saw positive effects on student’s academic competencies. 44% of students would recommend PH to friends and other students. For one study in Mexico City, using our program, where kids ranging from 4-16 years attended weekly meetings for 1 year, data showed that 55% have improved their grades, 100% have more confidence in themselves and 78% reported having a greater sense of community.
“Before PH I could not control my anger, now I can control it much better.”
“I learned how to make other people around me feel happier and safer in a world.”
“PH saved my life.”
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
PH is committed to building partnerships to activate empathy, resilience and pro-social change across schools, families and communities locally and globally. Our curriculum is in 87 countries and now we seek to densely integrate it into schools in our 5-county area as a replicable blueprint for scaling. At the local level, we plan to influence policy related to SEL in schools. On the community front, we plan to scale the Circles of Happiness program, which has in-person and online components. We also plan to develop a mobile app that will provide an adapted SEL program for the wider population