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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Environment, Environmental Education, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Heart's mission is to foster compassion and respect for other human beings, animals and the environment by educating youth and teachers in humane education.

Programs: Student programs: heart's humane living program is a flexible humane education curriculum that covers a wide range of human rights, animal protection and environmental preservation issues. We offer the humane living program to students in k-12 in four age-appropriate versions: k-2nd grade; 3rd-5th grade; middle school; and high school. Heart's specially trained educators teach these lessons in a format that is adapted to meet the needs of the different schools and student populations. In 2014, heart reached more than 6,000 students in the new york city, chicago, indianapolis and portland oregon areas. We offered multi-lesson in-class programs at over 60 public schools. We also facilitated several experiential learning projects, where students put their values into action through our service learning curriculum conducted in both school-based and after-school programs in partnership with various organizations. In addition, we conducted our own customized summer camps: a 3-week "have a heart" camp, in partnership with the hunts point alliance for children, in the bronx; a 3-week summer program with the academy for global citizenship in chicago, and a 2-week "climate change camp" in partnership with the peace learning center in indianapolis.

teacher training and professional development:over the past year, heart reached countless teachers and future educators through numerous workshops. One of our major teacher training projects was a credit-bearing 36-hour humane education professional development course we conducted for schoolteachers through the nyc doe that qualified them toward a salary differential. This course had the rigor of a graduate level course and was very well received. Another major initiative was a partnership with the nassau county district attorney's office where we trained senior assistant district attorneys to offer humane education assemblies at elementary schools in nassau county, making humane education one of their new community programs. We also trained volunteer teachers, attorneys, law students, animal activists and concerned citizens to conduct humane education lessons at schools and in out-of-school venues like libraries and community centers.

resource and curriculum development:heart worked on developing numerous resources in the past year. We completed, printed and began distribution of an extensive 160 page resource guide of 40 lessons and activities for both seasoned and less experienced educators to implement in k-12 programs in schools and non-traditional venues. We also provided specialized curriculum development for schools and non-profit agencies to expand the humane living program to meet specific needs. For example, we worked witjh rescue paw foundation to prepare a humane education curriculum that is being offered in alabama and we worked with animal haven shelter to expand an early childhood service-oriented workshop series. We also developed a second 10-lesson upper elementary curriculum, as well as assembly, library and camp programming. Finally, we continued to expand our own series of videos on animals to complement our classroom lessons, and developed additional video tutorials showing educators how to conduct meaningful project-based humane education activities with youth.

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