12 Dec STEM program KidsMakeItRight is exposing elementary schoolers to compassion (as reported on Generocity)
Generocity recently featured a story about our KidsMakeItRight program. (Retrieved from http://generocity.org/philly)
Local edtech startup SmartyPal was created with a framework that focused on six C’s: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, confidence and content.
It’s a model that has certainly proved effective for the National Science Foundation-lauded company, cofounded by Prasanna Krishnan back in 2013.
But Krishnan, who is also chairman and chief product officer at SmartyPal, always felt they were missing one of the most important C’s when it came to offering services for children — compassion. For her, compassion is more than just empathy.
“I think empathy is saying, ‘I feel your pain,’ and compassion is saying, ‘I feel the pain and I want to try to do something about it,’” Krishnan said.
Enter KidsMakeItRight, an after-school program associated with SmartyPal that has a social mission of introducing compassion to elementary school students through project-based learning focused on different social justice issues.