The solution to the latest bullying headlines? Forget legislation: It’s time to Start Empathy.

Rather than attempt a new anti-violence initiative, Ashoka Fellow Eric Dawson of Peace First has set out to build safe and effective school climates, by equipping students as peacemakers, and providing educators with the critical skills and knowledge to integrate social-emotional learning into the school’s curriculum and culture. Eric realized that today’s young people are living in a destructive cycle of violence: 3 out of 4 kids report being bullied, 160,000 students fear going to school each day, and by the 6th grade, the average child has seen 100,000 acts of violence on television….

 

We’re calling on those leaders to share their ideas in our Activating Empathy competition currently running on changemakers.com. Have an idea you want to share, or know of someone who might? Submit it today, and stay tuned for more stories of what you can do to prevent stories like Kaleb’s from happening again