The Empathy FactoryOrganization Type: Education & Schools
Address: Halifax, Nova Scotia B3N 1L8
Contact: Yvone Hesketh
The Empathy Factory was founded in 2010.
Our mission is to instil a sense of empathy and a philanthropic spirit in Canada’s youth. We want to inspire, empower and challenge youth to tap into their empathy and create social change through age appropriate Empathy Factory programs.
Project: Empathy – We visit schools and deliver workshops on the value of volunteering, philanthropy, and related topics to children aged 8-15. We then challenge them to submit ideas that will better their communities in the categories of health, environment, social justice and/or education. The top one or two ideas at each school receive the full support and mentorship of the Empathy Factory staff and volunteers throughout the execution of the idea. Upon completion of the projects, we ensure that each student submits a reflection of their learning outcomes, successes, and failures.
Accelerating: Empathy – The two-day annual conference event brings together aspiring social innovators from high schools across the province to take part in an experiential educational environment that seeks to inspire, challenge, and empower participants. Participants are asked to devise a solution to a timely social issue, collaborate with fellow students, mentors and industry experts to refine their idea, and pitch their polished proposal to a panel of high-profile judges.