Roots of Empathy‘s mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. In the short term, Roots of Empathy focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression. Part of their success is the universal nature of the program; all students are positively engaged instead of targeting bullies or aggressive children.
Roots of Empathy also strives to break the intergenerational cycle of violence and poor parenting. Their program creates awareness of risk factors to babies and has a strong focus on abuse prevention. Children are never too young to learn about Shaken Baby Syndrome, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the dangers of second-hand smoke. Roots of Empathy has finally been identified as an anti-bullying program. Because children are taught to understand how others feel and are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and inactions, pro-social behaviours rise and incidents of bullying and aggression fall.