Empatico is built on the belief that all humans, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status or faith background share a common humanity.
Schools must be about more than reading and math; they must equip tomorrow’s leaders with the skills to listen, empathize, collaborate and lead in a rapidly changing world.
Empatico creates virtually connected classrooms to connect students across cultures and geographies to practice empathy, handle adversity, navigate differences and bridge divides.
Empathy is a foundational life skill for our children to become global citizens in the 21st century. It is the key to creating positive shifts in perceptions towards those who are different.
The Empathy "Sweet Spot"
Students between ages 8-9 (grades 3-4) represent an untapped student group with scientifically proven potential to develop foundational skills in empathy.
Neuroscience research suggests that our brains have mirror neurons that help us experience another’s plight like our own. This science suggests that there is an empathy "sweet spot" when kids turn 8 years of age (3rd grade) where they start to learn how fragile and vulnerable life can be.¹
¹Raabe, Tobias. Development of Ethnic, Racial, and National Prejudice in Childhood and Adolescence: A Multinational Meta-Analysis of Age Differences. 2011.
Ages 8-9 is an age old enough where students can communicate with "others" as part of the global exchanges, but early enough where they don’t yet have strong opinions of the "other." Students are more receptive to influence.