HEART’s mission is to foster compassion & respect for all living beings & the environment by educating youth & teachers in humane education
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers’ (HEART’s) services are specially designed to provide a combined focus on human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. Our direct services to educators and students, as well as our city and state level advocacy efforts, enable us to significantly impact the way young people think about their responsibility to one another, animals and the natural world.
By linking our age-appropriate instructional program to our service-based learning program, we give students the tools to make positive changes. As the only full-service provider of humane education in the New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland areas, we are able to reach thousands of students each year with our programs. Our services are offered at no cost to public schools and other non-profit agencies.
HEART’s Programs in Action
Upcoming Events & News
Humane Resource Guide Now Available for Download
HEART’s Humane Resource Guide, made in collaboration with the ASPCA and IFAW, is now available to download. This guide contains lessons and activities on animal issues for students in grades K – 12 that can be conducted both in school settings as well as more nontraditional out-of-school venues. You can download the entire guide or individual lessons by clicking here.
Check out HEART’s 2014/2015 winter newsletter and read all about our summer camp, new teacher training resources, our Animal Ambassadors program, and more.
HEART Partners with TisBest Charity Gift Cards
HEART is thrilled that, just in time for the holiday season, TisBest Charity Gift Cards has chosen HEART to be one of its new charity partners! The TisBest Charity Gift Card is a donation gift that works like a conventional gift card but instead of buying stuff, the recipient “spends” the TisBest card by selecting which charity partners receives the money. Now, HEART is one of those charities! Find us under the Children and Youth category and help give the gift of a better world.
HEART Program Featured on My Fox Chicago
Co-anchor on My Fox Chicago, Jon Kelley, discussed the HEART program and its impact on Chicago’s youth with our very own Mickey Kudia. Watch the clip here.
HEART’s 2013 Annual Report
HEART’s 2013 annual report is available for viewing. Click here to see the latest news on HEART’s programs.
HEART Releases New Educational Videos on Puppy Mills and Shelter Animals
HEART is thrilled to announce that we have started developing a series of new educational videos. For grades 1 – 3, we now offer an introduction to animal shelters and what kids can do to help. For older students (grades 5 and up), we created a video on puppy mills. These resources will be provided to teachers to assist them in teaching kids about companion animal issues and are available online for use by a wider audience. See the videos on our youtube channel. HEART understands that many schools block youtube. If you would like to download these videos in high resolution, right click on the following links and (depending on your browser) select ‘save as’ or ‘download': Puppy Mill Video, Animal Shelter Video.
HEART Chicago Featured on WGNtv
HEART educator Bob Schwalb and his program at Stockton Elementary were featured as a part of the “Chicago’s Very Own” segment on WGNtv. Watch the clip and see Bob and the HEART program in action!
Humane Spots Now Airing on Detroit Public Television
HEART has partnered with Detroit Public Television and the Humane Society of Huron Valley to create a Humane Education Multi-Media Campaign. That means, humane spots on animal issues have been airing on DPTV to millions of viewers. Find out more on our blog.