Growing Kind Kids in New York City

Take Action: Contact Your NYC Council Member Today

New Yorkers: Do you care about protecting people, animals and the environment we share? Do you know that violence toward children and animals, domestic violence, elder abuse, bullying and violence in our schools and on our streets are all connected and compromise the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers. Extensive research on this connection, referred to as “LINK violence,” is clear and irrefutable.

We must reduce the risk of violence perpetrated against NYC’s children, animals and other vulnerable citizens. The good news is a simple and effective antidote to LINK violence already exists. The best part is that it is available at little or no cost.

That antidote is Humane Education. Compassion, kindness, empathy, respect, resiliency and citizenship are qualities and skills that can be taught. Humane Education teaches our children to respect other people, animals and the environment and about the deep interconnection we all share.   Humane Education is a powerful and effective way to grow kind kids.

Most people are surprised to learn that Humane Education is already required by law to be taught in every New York State public elementary school. Unfortunately, this law has never been enforced and is largely ignored. We are calling on you to help us bring NYC’s schools into compliance with the law to teach humane education — easily, economically and efficiently.

Humane Education is a win for all people, animals, and the environment. It just makes sense. Humane Education is not yet another thing for NYC’s already overburdened teachers to shoulder. Humane Education is easily incorporated into NYC’s core curriculum as the lesson plans comply with Common Core requirements.. Many children, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic status, have a natural love of and bond with animals and nature if they are given opportunities to appreciate them. Implementing material that engages and motivates children makes teachers’ jobs easier and more rewarding.

When kids practice compassion toward each other, animals and nature in school, it doesn’t stop there. That compassion can grow and extend to caring for people, animals and the environment in their homes as well as local and global communities – for a lifetime.

New Yorkers: We are at a critical moment in our city’s history!  We have an opportunity to step up and be an example for our country and the world. The time is right to plant the seeds of compassion and cultivate kindness in our city’s youth. We are working with the first-ever Mayor’s Animal Protection Liaison and the NYC Council’s Education Committee Chair to achieve our goals. We have effective low and no cost Humane Education teaching tools and programs ready to go and available for use

NOW. We just need to use them!

The world watches NYC – let’s give them something to see and emulate:

A city that nurtures and grows compassionate youth.
A city that empowers all people, animals, and the environment to thrive now and in the future.

We can’t do this alone. We need your voice to effectively implement Humane Education in our schools, community settings and city agencies.  NYC is listening. Will you speak up with us today?

New Yorkers, let’s lead the way and grow kind kids -TOGETHER. We need your support to make it happen!