Our solution is to teach empathy skills to youth by harnessing the power of stories to break down division and understand differences.
Research tells us that our capacity for empathy can be increased through evidence-based interventions. Teaching empathy is one of the key elements in young people developing into successful tolerant adults. As outlined in UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
Empathy, our ability to understand how another person is feeling, is increasingly seen as a key 21st century skill. The OECD has said that empathy is a core skill that schools across Europe need to teach:
“social and emotional skills, such as empathy, self-awareness, respect for others and the ability to communicate, are becoming essential as classrooms and workplaces become more ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse”OECD Learning Skills.
We train secondary school teachers and youth workers to facilitate to deliver evidence-based education programmes that teach empathy and listening skills.
Over 4 online modules (8 hours), teachers/ youth workers learn how to facilitate the Narrative 4 Story Exchange. This is an innovative educator led circle-based model that can be used in any classroom/ youth group in person or online. It increases peer support and instills a sense of resilience and belonging by reducing feelings of isolation.
Getting young people to share personal stories is a cathartic experience which breaks down barriers, builds trust and reinforces the idea that they are not alone.