ThinkGive

ThinkGive empowers young people to realize the depth of their ability to positively impact their own lives and the lives of others by engaging in a hands-on, reflective, and collaborative journey around simple acts of giving.

Mission: ThinkGive is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people to use kindness to engage with their world.

A student reflection after the ThinkGive prompt “Remove a Label”. #thinkgive #charactereducation

Check out these post-ThinkGive student impact survey results!

Giving is good for you! Throughout ThinkGive students give - not by donating money or material things - but by giving of themselves through mindful acts of kindness. Students gradually step outside their comfort zone, create meaningful connections and realize the impact their positive actions have on themselves and others. Learn more at www.thinkgiveproject.org

Check out this amazing cartoon by two 5th graders at The Park School - Brookline, MA. Thank you Gillian & Grace!

Teachers, are you interested in learning more about ThinkGive? Visit www.thinkgiveproject.org or email us at [email protected]

Happy Father's Day ♥️

Thank you to our sponsors for your generosity over the 2018-19 school year. Partnership funding directly supported ThinkGive at 7 public and under-resourced schools this year -- impacting 850 students and inspiring over 10,000 acts of kindness. We are truly grateful!

ThinkGive is honored and grateful to be selected as a Concord-Carlisle Community Chest grant recipient! The funding will support our character education program at Concord and Carlisle elementary and middle schools. Thank you 🙏

That's a wrap! ThinkGive engaged 1,500 students and encouraged over 18,000 acts of kindness in schools and communities throughout Greater Boston and nationwide this year. Tremendous thank you to all of the amazing teachers who brought ThinkGive into their classrooms to inspire young people to choose kindness and empathy today and every day.

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75 students, 676 acts of kindness! Well done 6th graders at The Fessenden School 🙌👏👊 #thinkgive

Such an inspiring high school commencement speech by Andrew M. Friedson. Choosing kindness and giving to others is the ultimate achievement. #thinkgive

[05/26/19]   Got plans next Sunday? Anna Park, Concord Middle School 7th grader (and ThinkGive grad) has organized a community 5K/Fun Run benefiting the non-profit SHE founded Kids Ed., Inc. Her goal is to raise $6,000 to build 2 classrooms for an elementary school and safe home for abused girls in Guatemala. Register and/or donate today at https://kids-ed.redpodium.com/runtoschool-5kfunrun

ThinkGive wasn’t the big winner last night but we gave it our all and had fun! Huge thank you to TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) for the incredible opportunity and to the Boston Tech community for your encouragement and support!#PartyWithTUGG

Tonight’s the night! The ThinkGive team is fired up to spread the word about our incredible program. If we win the $50,000 grant from TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) we can bring ThinkGive to Boston schools and inspire 1,000s of kids to be changemakers and choose kindness! 🙌
#PartyWithTUGG

We are thrilled to be piloting ThinkGive in the 8th grade at Bartlett Community Partnership School in Lowell, MA this year.

Tremendous thank you to DCU for Kids Foundation for their support!

Let the countdown begin! We are just one week away from representing at TUGG’s Wine & Tequila Party. With the $50,000 grant ThinkGive can reach 1,000’s of underserved kids in Boston area schools. Wish us luck and if you’re coming to the event drop your chip for ThinkGive! #PartyWithTUGG

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Empathy is not a weakness but a superpower — Ladders

A great read on the importance of empathy. With the pervasive use of technology younger generations are lacking in human connection more now than ever before. Feeling in sync with others is essential to getting back on track.

apple.news Empathy is more than a skill; it’s an invitation. We don’t need to read someone else’s mind to be empathetic. It requires understanding the depth of their feelings.

Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible Moms out there! Wishing you a day filled with love, kindness...some me-time and a pedicure. 😉

Another incredible ThinkGive student impact survey result! #thinkgive #charactereducation

The results coming out of our post-ThinkGive student impact surveys are phenomenal!

"ThinkGive teaches students skills that are often overlooked in the day to day curriculum in schools. At this vulnerable age, lessons of kindness, gratitude, and empathy are so important. ThinkGive creates a culture of giving in the classroom that is powerful. It provides meaningful real world homework assignments that show students how they can make a small, but profound, positive impact on others.”
-5th Grade Teacher, The Park School - Brookline, MA

Learn more at www.thinkgiveproject.org

A thoughtful reflection from a 4th Grader at Belmont-Cragin Elementary School after the ThinkGive prompt "Give to someone you respect".

"Today I gave to the environment. I picked up plastic bottles in the plaza at recess so we have a clean earth and the air we breathe is not polluted." - 5th grade ThinkGive participant at Carlisle Elementary School, Carlisle, MA.

28 students, 4 teachers, 267 acts of kindness. Amazing job University Liggett School 4th graders!

93% of students intend to be kinder to others following ThinkGive. Learn more at www.thinkgiveproject.org

Throughout ThinkGive students give - not by donating money or material things - but by giving of themselves through mindful acts of kindness. Linda Rapciak, Director of Community Service at The Meadowbrook School, explains...

Wingra School just wrapped up ThinkGive - 21 students, 5 teachers, 268 acts of kindness. Incredible job 4th & 5th graders!!!

ThinkGive's middle school curriculum encourages students to explore the concept of leadership through a different lens. Learn more about our character education program at www.thinkgiveproject.org

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Allison Webster, Head of School at Dedham Country Day School, reflects on the impact ThinkGive has on 4-8th grade students.

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75 students, 6 teachers, 943 acts of kindness. Incredible!!! 🙌❤️👏

Special thanks to Carlisle, MA residents and parents Greg Howes (President) and Kristin Bailey Ferbert (COO) of the Howes Insurance Group for sponsoring ThinkGive at Carlisle Elementary School. We are truly grateful for your support!

#thinkgive #charactereducation

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Building Empathy One Class at a Time – The Park Parent

ThinkGive is featured in The Park School - Brookline, MA newsletter! Our "curriculum helped 5th graders experience empathy on a whole new level."

One teacher noted that her students “Were reluctant at first...but as they became accustomed to the curriculum — each new challenge asking students to observe, discuss, and reflect — the conversations became richer and their actions braver. While some students went above and beyond with their gifts, most stayed true to ThinkGive’s philosophy of simple acts of kindness. It was heartwarming to watch students look for opportunities to give to others and to hear the buzz in the room as they read about what their peers did.”

Read the full piece here:

parkparent.org I think I should be on your empathy task force because empathy is important. When you are being empathetic you can take pressure and hurt that other people have and lift if off their back.

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We love this reflection from a Willard Elementary School 4th grader (Concord, MA). Kindness impacts both the giver and the receiver!

Thank you to Barrett Sotheby's International Realty for sponsoring ThinkGive at Concord Public Schools!

ThinkGive’s multifaceted character education program provides a transformative experience for students. 85% emerge empowered to be a force of good - intending to use kindness and empathy to engage with their peers, family and community! 🙌 #thinkgive

18 students, 244 acts of kindness! Well done Pleasant Knoll Middle School (Fort Mill, SC) 8th graders.

Tremendous thanks to Gilana's Fund for supporting ThinkGive and helping us inspire these students to use kindness to engage with their world.

Small acts of kindness can affect great change! #thinkgive #charactereducation

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NAIS - Seeing School As More Than the Sum of Its Parts

ThinkGive is in the news! In the NAIS -- National Association of Independent Schools Spring 2019 magazine, Dedham Country Day School's Allison Webster (Head of School) and Kate Reardon (Director of Academic Technology) examine how to "consider a school as a living, breathing whole and not just an assemblage of parts." Using ThinkGive as a tool to encourage students and teachers alike to engage in kindness and empathy is one of those ways.
Read on!

nais.org You may have heard the old parable about a group of blind men and an elephant. The men heard that a strange animal had been brought to town, and they wanted to touch it so they could understand what it was. The first man, whose hand landed on the trunk, decided that the elephant was like a thick sna...

ThinkGive's character education program fosters a kind and inclusive school community. Bring ThinkGive to your school this year. Email us or visit our bio to learn more! [email protected]

331 acts of kindness!!! Way to go Nashoba Brooks School 6th graders 🙌👏❤️

“ThinkGive showed me what a great impact kindness can have on a community and the world. I will never forget it.” - 6th grade participant
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#socialemotionallearning #charactereducation

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How Self-Compassion Supports Academic Motivation and Emotional Wellness

We're big believers in the benefits of self-care. In fact, "Give to Yourself" is the first student prompt in ThinkGive. Self-compassion promotes a healthy sense of self-worth because it’s not contingent and it's unconditional. Be kind to yourself and read this article!

kqed.org Being kind to oneself by practicing self-compassion can help people develop a healthy source of self-worth, feel less alone and calm some of the negative voices in one's head.

This Concord Middle School student just made our day...our month...our year! ☺️🙏♥️

A Carlisle Elementary (Carlisle, MA) 5th grader reflects after the prompt "Give to Your Community".

Special thanks to Brendon Properties and the homes at Garrison Place for supporting ThinkGive!

ThinkGive's middle school curriculum encourages students to explore and reflect on who they are and who they want to be.

Learn more at thinkgiveproject.org

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