Youth Ambassadors: Civics with Heart
Founder: Seattle Youth Ambassadors
Lori Markowitz MPA is the founder and lead volunteer of the Youth Ambassador program and the WA State Liaison for the Social Emotional and Ethical (SEE) Learning program at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University, and currently, part of a team of outstanding educators piloting a social studies class fusing SEE Learning curriculum with civics and “secular ethics”; educating the heart and mind. The class is unique by exploring democracy and taking action resulting in a stronger sense of agency and hopefulness for students, building community, interconnectedness, and a positive learning culture while encouraging the core tenet of compassion and kindness. The recipient of the 2005 University of Washington Daniel J. Evans Leadership Award and the 2015 “Compassion Champion” for Parent Map Magazine; Superhero’s, Champions for Washington State, Lori founded Youth Ambassadors in 2008 designing a youth leadership program dedicated to cultivating compassion among youth as part of the Seeds of Compassion conference a five-day event celebrating the teachings of the Dalai Lama.
Youth Ambassador Civics with Heart has partnered with SEE Learning, (Social Emotional and Ethical Learning) program which is part of Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University, emphasizing the teachings of the Dalai Lama. This new innovative class is fusing “secular ethics” with social studies and civic education. The pilot class is housed at Denny International Middle School in Seattle, WA, intentionally fostering critical thinking skills, compassion, kindness, and social and emotional learning opportunities for students to understand their place as change agents in the world.
When: 08/02/2020 - 9:09am
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