Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely and treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within schools. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.
That is the premise where Start With Hello begins, it’s a social program that aims to teach students grades 2-12 the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school.
Your Good News Story of the Day is how this program, meant to help youth who struggle with feeling alone by teaching others how to better reach out and why they should, is getting a financial boost from a company that knows quite a bit about the importance of teaching kids. The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to help expand an educational program which is provided to schools at no cost. In response to this financial support Sandy Hook Promise says it expects to train 2.8 million students and adults in 6,000 schools and youth organizations in the program’s first three years.
It’s not a complicated or even a long story but the thought that millions of children and adults will learn how to better treat each other and care for each other is certainly worth being a Good News Story of the Day and you can read all about it here.
Story from NBC Connecticut.
Image from sandyhookpromise.org