About The Project

The Compassion Project is a first-of-its-kind national initiative to provide compassion education to lower and upper elementary school students across the US. Our mission is to ensure that every primary school student in the US understands what compassion is and how to demonstrate it in
 their lives.

Why teach compassion?

Students exposed to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in school continue to do better than their peers on a number of indicators: positive social behaviors and attitudes, skills such as empathy and teamwork, and academic achievement. These students also have fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress, and lower drug use, among many other benefits.

As parents, educators, and citizens, we want our children to grow up in a kinder, more compassionate world, and that starts with early education.

Who’s behind The Compassion Project?

The Compassion Project is a collaboration between Executive Chairman and Former CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner, a vocal leader on compassionate management, and global education innovator EVERFI, who was named to Fast Company’s 2020 List of World’s Most Innovative Companies for its work developing The Compassion Project.

Fast Company's 2020 List of World's Most Innovative Companies

Jeff Weiner Talks Compassion Education

Our ethos:

Compassion can be taught.

Compassion is not a soft skill – it’s a strong skill. For every dollar we invest in social and emotional learning, we see an $11 return to society in the form of student academic outcomes and long-term career success.

Starting young matters.

By the time students reach the second grade, they are capable of identifying their emotions and processing how their actions can impact others. Teaching compassion and its underlying skills helps increase students’ motivation to learn and decrease the distractions – anxiety, fixed mindsets, and negative thoughts – that can stand in the way of learning.

Technology can help.

The Compassion Project provides a simple framework that teachers can use to embed compasssion education into the school day. EVERFI’s digital platform delivers an engaging multi-sensory experience that allows students to explore multiple points of view as they build empathy for those around them.

Try it out.

Access a lesson and try it out with your students. Each lesson takes just 15 minutes to complete.