“How do we make kindness stick?”

This is the question we asked youth across Canada. And they answered with some of the most creative and ambitious ideas we’ve heard to help spread kindness.

This year, Shaw is awarding 10 Grants of up to $5000 to the schools with the ideas that best encouraged empathy, inclusivity and respect.

For more information on the judging process, check out this year’s panel of judges.

2018 Kindness Sticks Grant recipients

Over the next several months, we will announce the recipients for this year’s Kindness Sticks Grants. Each of these schools will get up to $5000 to bring their idea to life.

New Westminster Secondary School

Idea: Games for Everyone

Simran Grewal and Kate Choi wanted to make it easier for students with diverse learning needs to connect with other students. Their Best Buddies program would expand friendship opportunities by creating a space that encouraged inclusivity and acceptance. The Grant would be used on new technology, furnishing and games.

“We liked this initiative as it gives students a venue to meet together, have fun and build bridges. Best Buddies is a scalable program and the Grant will help ensure the sustainability of the initiative so future students can continue this movement.”
Judi Fairholm, Director, Canadian Red Cross Respect Education program

Seaquam Secondary School

Idea: Break the Divide

Abhay Sachal’s Break the Divide program connects youth across Canada and the world to promote social inclusion and break down stigmas about Indigenous communities while actively involving youth in the process of reconciliation. Students come to learn about issues affecting the local community such as quality education, inequality, climate change, inter-generational trauma, and food insecurity. Shaw’s grant will help expand the program by providing technology to new partner schools and to create an app to provide a modern and easily accessible way for students to connect.

“Expanding the program by providing technology to new partner schools and to create an app to provide a modern and easily accessible way for students to connect.”
Judi Fairholm, Director, Canadian Red Cross Respect Education program

“Bridging communities together by sending kindness one on one, is a thoughtful idea! Creating an app to ensure that it is as efficient as possible takes an epic idea to the next level!”
Meisha Watson, YTV personality

“Raising awareness is big especially during a time where division and stereotypes are at an all-time high.”
Manny Arceneaux, Wide Receiver, BC Lions

Windsong Heights School

Idea: Kindness Ninjas

When kindergartners start school at Windsong Heights they receive a special invitation to become a Kindness Ninja. If they accept the invitation, they receive an authentic red headband, repeat the kindness pledge, and seal their promise on a kindness plaque. The KINDergarten Kindness Ninjas program spreads kindness to classmates, families, schools, and the community through random acts of kindness. Shaw’s grant will help expand the program locally, in Canada, and around the world, as Windsong Heights provides starter kits to other schools that include their book, A Beginners Guide to Becoming a Kindness Ninja, authentic red headbands, figurines, the kindness pledge, and a plaque.

“Great idea to get children so young involved and dedicated.”
Meagan Duhamel, 2018 Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating

“I want to be a kindness NINJA!”
Meisha Watson, YTV personality

Davidson Road Elementary

Idea: Low Down

Davidson Road Elementary uses the student-led school weekly news show, The Low Down, as a way to deliver messages and lessons of kindness. Through the Low Down, students explain what kindness is, and what students should do on the playground, while featuring video clips with role playing and stories of kindness to reinforce the message.

“Love the idea of a weekly news show promoting Kindness! This really engages and empowers the students.”
Elsie Morden, Singer-Songwriter and Motivational Speaker

“'The Low Down' is an excellent idea! The more positive, kind and thoughtful content out there the better!”
Meisha Watson, YTV personality

“I like this project as students are fully involved and there is a variety of activities – from news show to video clips to kindness leaders to physical symbolism. It shows full school involvement on a number of levels. ”
Judi Fairholm, Director, Canadian Red Cross Respect Education program

Mount Boucherie Secondary School

Idea: Humans of Boucherie

Humans of Boucherie interviews former and current students, parents, and community members to share their stories as a way to build empathy and kindness. Mount Boucherie Secondary School will use the grant to launch Project TSOY (The Story of Youth), expanding on their initiative to create greater empathy with those in the school and those on the margins of society in the community.

“This is a great idea. I like how to kids will take the time to interview and learn from someone else, and then share their story”
Meagan Duhamel, 2018 Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating

King George School

Idea: Youth Revolution

The school will build on their 12 Days of Kindness to run 12 Months of Kindness throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Each month will have a theme and be activated through monthly bulletin board messages, student created videos, and a calendar of activities such as school decorating, a community BBQ, food and toy drives; volunteering; and creating and distributing postcards.

“The Youth Revolution is an inspired idea!”
Meisha Watson, YTV personality

“YR promotes connections across cultures, is multifaceted, and connects to community.”
Bonnie Leadbeater, Professor University of Victoria and Co-developer of the WITS Programs

Renert School

Idea: Self Es-Team

Halle and Mackenzie are developing a class curriculum and launched an annual Self Es-Team day to educate students on the importance of inclusivity and gender equity, while fostering kindness and building self-confidence. The initiative is focused on Grades 4-6, as their research indicated challenges with self-image begin around Grade 3.

“WHAT A PROJECT! That's amazing. This will be an inspiration!”
Meisha Watson, YTV personality

“They are developing an eight-part curriculum so that this is sustainable and can be used in a number of schools.”
Judi Fairholm, Director, Canadian Red Cross Respect Education program

“I really like the idea of having positive role models to connect with the students and provide healthy examples.”
Elsie Morden, Singer-Songwriter and Motivational Speaker

Real Acts of Caring

Idea: RAC Week

Real Acts of Caring has been spreading kindness for almost 15 years and has been shown to increase students feeling around safety and trust, while decreasing bullying. Since 2005, RAC has successfully lobbied to have over 50 municipal proclamations and 4 provincial proclamations passed recognizing RAC week – a student-led week of kindness activities.

“RAC is having significant impact in promoting kindness across BC”
Judi Fairholm, Director, Canadian Red Cross Respect Education program

Earl Marriott Secondary

Idea: Easier to Be Kind

Addie Fuller draws on the natural kindness of kindergarten kids to promote compassion in her high school. She is using the grant to inspire high school students through an emotionally contagious program that demonstrates how five-year old’s naturally get along, play, and learn without barriers, discrimination or put-downs. Addie is working with two kindergarten teachers from South Poplar Elementary that naturally create kind, loving environments that scaffold love, acceptance, and compassion.

“Fantastic and innovative idea!”
Meisha Watson, YTV personality

“Amazing idea. This may open the eyes of some kids on to the things that are truly important.”
Meagan Duhamel, 2018 Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating

Monsignor Fee Otterson Catholic Elementary and Junior High School

Idea: Kindness Express

Roaming the city in 15 school buses, the entire student body, from Kindergarten to Grade 9, reach beyond the school to celebrate the kindness of others throughout the city. The students arrive at the organizations with raised funds, cards, songs, and crafts to brighten the day of those in the community.

“Excellent idea bringing new faces and ideas to organizations in the community and helping out for the day is inspiring!”
Meisha Watson, YTV personality

“I love this idea – it is brilliant”
Meagan Duhamel, 2018 Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating

What does it take to make kindness stick? Learn more about this year’s panel of judges.
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