Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers

Fostering Compassion Through Education

aka HEART   |   Mamaroneck, NY   |  http://www.teachheart.org

Mission

Our mission is to develop a generation of compassionate youth who create positive change for animals, people and the natural world.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Ms. Meena Alagappan Esq.

Chair of Board

Mr. Brad Goldberg

Main address

P.O. Box 738

Mamaroneck, NY 10543 USA

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EIN

41-2055310

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Developing students to become compassionate and respectful future citizens is being overlooked as a critical component of our children’s education. Humane education encourages youth to think about their relationship to all living beings and the natural world and deepens awareness of the global consequences of their actions. It can empower students by giving them the tools to make more compassionate and informed choices and contribute to the greater good of the community and the larger world. It can also help reduce violence in school and at home. Humane education is arguably the best long-term way to address animal abuse in our society along with other social ills. Humane education demonstrates the interconnection between concern for the welfare of other people, animals, and the natural world. HEART is one of the few organizations that has humane education as its primary mission.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Direct Humane Education Services to Youth

Our over arching Humane Living Program includes:  (1) In-class instructional program covering K-12 in four age appropriate versions.  Lessons address social justice, animal welfare, and environmental eithics and demonstrate how all of these areas are inter-connected.  (2) After-school and out-of-school programs that have a strong service based learning focus in addition to covering much of the subject matter addressed in the in-classroom lessons. (3) Summer programs including our Have a Heart Summer Camp run in partnership with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We run workshops and courses teaching teachers and other professionals to teach the HEART curriculum.  Examples include a humane education professional development course for NYC school teachers through the NYC Department of Education and our Public Service Project with the American Bar Association where we run workshops to train volunteer attorneys and law students to teach a 4 lesson humane education program in their local schools.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We develop curriculum and resources for schools and other non-profit agencies that can be distributed across multiple distribution channels including various digital platforms.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Humane education resources and messaging needs to be brought to teachers and the public far and wide. Therefore, we have developed an extensive marketing and social media strategy. Likewise we are actively engaged in advocating for laws that support humane education in our nation's schools.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Excellence in Humane Education 2018

Humane Education Coalition

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HEART’s goal is to help humane education become integrated into regular classroom curricula. To achieve that goal, we offer our lessons across multiple teaching platforms and align lessons to meet core learning standards across a range of academic subjects so lessons can be seamlessly utilized by teachers. Humane education should be a part of all children’s education, and HEART is determined to help make that a reality.

HEART has four strategies for attaining our long term goals. First, is our direct services to youth conducted by our own staff of trained instructors in both in-class, after-school and summer venues. Second, is our teacher training and professional development workshops where we train other teachers and interested citizens to teach parts of our extensive curriculum. Third, HEART develops curriculum and resources for teachers that will enable them to integrate humane education lessons and activities into their regular school curriculum. Fourth, HEART is looking to take advantage of education technology opportunities to distribute our lessons and activities to teachers on a variety of digital platforms.

HEART has a team of 15 humane educators with deep experience in teaching, curriculum development, and subject matter expertise in the areas we cover. They provide us with a powerful resource in being able to create our programs internally. In addition, HEART utilizes consultants outside the organization when specific expertise is required, such as for our education technology offerings.

HEART’s instructors have directly taught over 50,000 students in New York and other regions, and have reached tens of thousands more through the free resources we offer online via our website and social media channels, and through third-party educational technology platforms such as Nearpod and TeachersPayTeachers. The New York City Department of Education has adopted HEART’s humane education after-school professional development program (P-Credit Course) for teachers, qualifying them for a salary differential. Additionally, we have secured legislator sponsorship of HEART-drafted bills to help enforce and expand existing mandates for humane education instruction in New York’s public elementary schools. HEART is honored by the recognition we have received for our work in the field, including the 2018 Excellence in Humane Education Award from the Humane Education Coalition, an international alliance of 126 education-oriented organizations in 27 countries on 5 continents working in the animal protection, human rights, and environmental conservation sectors. We believe we have the ability to reach far greater numbers of students throughout the United States by utilizing a variety of distribution channels, and that is currently a major area of focus for us.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 2/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brad Goldberg

Animal Welfare Trust

Term: 2005 -

Brad Goldberg

President, Animal Welfare Trust

Lena Townsend

Retired Executive Director of Robert Bowne Foundation

Steve Whitman

Whitman Partners, LLC

Richard Gold

R.N. Gold & Company

Candy Udell

Rescue Paws Foundation, London Jewelers

Suzi Oppenheimer

Retired NYS Senator

Helen Rafferty

Executive Director---Project Rebirth

Micarl Hill

President, Emit Hospitality Solutions

Lilli Lawner

Special Projects Manager, Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring

Cathy Wallach

Former Trustee, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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