Nov 6 2023
Empatico: Building Bridges Through Empathy and Understanding
Empatico’s mission is to empower school-aged students all around the globe to form meaningful connections that foster a more empathetic world. Empathy is a critical skill that allows us to feel what others feel (emotional empathy), understand what others think and feel (cognitive empathy), and take action on those feelings and understandings (behavioral empathy).
In our interconnected world, empathy is a key personal and professional skill, and its development has the following benefits for individuals and society:
A more empathetic society, including more tolerance, more acts of kindness, and an expanded sense of community and connection
Positive impact on mental, physical, and emotional health
Improved personal relationships or friendships (especially across differences)
Conflict resolution or reduction and positive intergroup relations
Decreased prejudice, bias, and violence
Improved workplace environments and professional relationships
Better leaders and problem solvers
Empatico’s product is centered around an Empathy Framework containing nine skills that promote students’ healthy growth and development across three empathy domains (emotional, cognitive, and behavioral) and levels of interaction (intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intergroup). This Framework is rooted in research from the fields of education, psychology, sociology, conflict resolution, and communication.
Empatico’s research-based activities and programs create opportunities for students to learn about and practice these nine empathy-related skills individually, with in-class peers, and with partner classrooms around the globe. These skills are: mindfulness, self-awareness, self-care, emotion recognition, perspective taking, kindness, diplomacy, inclusivity, and collaboration.
1 in 5 children under age 17 in the U.S. have had a diagnosed mental or developmental health disorder, and anxiety and depression among youth have increased by nearly 50% in recent years. Empatico’s Daily Practices, such as mindful breathing exercises, can lower students’ anxiety and improve their emotion regulation, building their confidence and capacity for interaction with others.
A large and increasing percentage of students feel persistently sad or hopeless, and a 2021 study showed that more than half of U.S. high school students do not feel connected to their peers. Empatico’s Classroom Activities build empathetic norms, nurture a sense of purpose, and encourage open dialogue to empower students to feel heard and be seen differently by their peers.
Global conflict and violence are on the rise, and 1 in 5 U.S. students report being bullied. Empatico’s Virtual Exchanges and similar experiences that connect groups of youth across differences have been shown to reduce stereotyping and conflict and increase cooperation.
To bring its mission to life, Empatico works closely with educators around the world who are committed to building a more empathetic world together.