Active Listening and Open-Ended Questions
One way youth work professionals can teach empathy is by modelling active, empathic listening skills.
Teaching Tolerance: Developing Empathy
By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people's feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school or community setting. Activities and lesson plans are available for elementary, middle, and high school ages.
Lesson Planet: Empathy Resources
A range of teacher-reviewed classroom resources are linked on this web page, including worksheets, activities, and handouts for various ages. Many are transferable to, or can be adapted for, settings outside the classroom.
Greater Good Science Center: Empathy
This website features research reports, interviews, self-assessment, and other resources on empathy.
Edutopia: Five Minute Film Festival
This series of short videos focuses on kindness, empathy, and connection.
Creating Inclusive and Safe Environments
Identity Safe Classrooms: Resources
In the book Identity Safe Classrooms, authors Steele and Cohn-Vargas promote efforts to ensure that students' social identities are an asset rather than a barrier to success in the classroom. The publisher made the resources and worksheets available as free downloads.
Diversity Activities for Youth and Adults
Cooperative Extension of the State University of Pennsylvania has compiled diversity activities in two free PDFs.
SALTO-YOUTH: Intercultural Communication Resource Pack
SALTO-YOUTH is a European network of eight resource centers advocating for advanced learning and professional training within the youth work field. This manual focuses on intercultural communication skills.
SALTO-YOUTH: Peer Education Approach in Cultural Diversity
This training manual focuses on peer education in cultural diversity projects.
Enhancing Cultural Competence in OST Programs
This Child Trends research brief discusses the elements of cultural competence and its significance for out-of-school time programs. In addition, it provides suggestions to practitioners for developing cultural competence and incorporating activities into their programs in order to benefit youth from a wide range of backgrounds.
Illuminating Differently Abled Awareness
Developed by Cornell University researchers, this curriculum sparks conversations about disability and inclusion among students with their peers, teachers, and parents. Its target age group is middle school. All curriculum materials are available online.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Educator Resources
GLSEN provides many resources on respect and inclusion, including lesson plans on how to create an inclusive and safe environment.
Nurturing Civic Engagement
Learning to Give: Youth Activities
Learning to Give provides meaningful, fun, and ready-to-use materials that will engage youth in giving to benefit the common good.
National Youth Leadership Council
This website serves as a clearinghouse for national service-learning efforts and materials.
LIFT: Raising the Bar for Service-Learning Practice
Supported by the National Youth Leadership Council, this multimedia, interactive website provides many resources to support service-learning efforts.
Exploring Community Resources
MAPPED: A Youth Community Mapping Toolkit
The MAPPED Toolkit, written specifically for the city of Vancouver, is a resource for adults hoping to engage youth in community planning.
Building Community: A Tool Kit for Youth and Adults in Charting Assets and Creating Change
This facilitator's handbook from the Innovation Center makes it possible for individuals and groups everywhere to bring an asset-based approach to creating positive change in their communities.
Photovoice Manual and Resource Kit
Produced by the Hamilton Community Foundation, this manual provides practical guidelines for those wishing to start a new Photovoice program.
Facilitator's Guide to Youth Community Safety Photovoice
Produced by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in greater Boston, this manual provides implementation guidelines on how to conduct a photovoice project with young people around the issue of community safety.