Since just last year, four new major American cities (Seattle, Grand Rapids, Minneapolis, and St. Paul) have followed an example set by Berkeley, CA and renamed Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In addition to being a landmark decision for long marginalized Native American communities, Seattle’s resolution extends all the
By Ali Berman During our many years of teaching kids about social justice issues like poverty, sweatshops, large-scale animal suffering, climate change and pollution, we have learned that, as educators, we can’t only share bad news. We have to show the positive too, the possibility that the problem can improve,
HEART is excited to be involved with the launch of the Games for Change Student Challenge with the NYC Department of Education. With the help of their teachers and game designers, hundreds of middle and high school students from public schools across NYC will create original digital games about social
By Ali Berman Animal loving teachers have long been bringing animals into the classroom to teach their students empathy, responsibility, and how to properly interact with animals. And while this may sound like a good idea in theory, in reality, experts say classrooms may not make the best homes for
On August 13th HEART received the Al Ward Spirit of Giving Award and participated in a panel discussion on improving school culture at this year’s Communities In Schools of Chicago’s Institute Day. Every year, Communities in Schools of Chicago recognizes one individual or organization that consistently goes beyond expectations to
By Sonny Singh When I arrived at the Youth Farm in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, about a dozen students along with some young adults were hard at work, tending to the acre plot of organic produce and flowers in front of the High School for Public Service. A small group
By Chris Parrucci When one thinks of summer, images of beaches, backyards and relaxing vacations come to mind. For HEART campers around NYC, their summers were filled with just as much fun as they spent their sunny days learning about and helping people, animals and the environment. In early July
by Kim Korona We hope that you are enjoying your summer because everyone here at HEART sure has been having a blast. We have been busy bringing humane education summer programming to youth of all ages, inspiring them to make the world a better place for all life on earth.