Children's Promise
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Working for the Well-Being of Children

Children’s Promise was established in 2001 when Director Mary Harrison was disturbed by the amount of bullying taking place in schools, on the playgrounds and in parks. Children’s Promise integrates the principles of Emotional Intelligence to teach conflict resolution skills to children and youth in the greater Green Bay area. Over 2500 students have experienced Children’s Promise training sessions at 32 different locations, including 22 public and private schools, the Howe and Fort Howard Resource Centers, the Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army, the YMCA and the YWCA.

Emotional Intelligence helps a student know and manage their emotions, motivate themselves and handle relationships. Author and psychologist Daniel Goleman suggests in his book Emotional Intelligence that as much as 80% of adult “success” comes from Emotional Intelligence. Increased social and emotional skills reduce discipline problems (Doyle), and low levels of empathy are associated with poor school achievement (Nowicki and Duke).


About the Children's Promise Organization

The Board of Directors for Children's Promise is comprised of a professional teacher, school counselor and social worker, as well as community leaders and volunteers whose vision is to provide quality, effective empathy training for students, administrators and parents. It is envisioned that eventually this project will be expanded nationwide.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!, the first program developed by Children's Promise, uses photographs of abused and homeless lions and tigers to lead discussion amongst classroom groups of elementary and early middle school students. They are taught that what we give out is what we receive back. We start by discussing the animals and what animals need for proper care, and we move to how we treat each other (a bully/victim dynamic).  read more...

Future offerings from Children's Promise will include:
  • Teacher Inservices, where Children's Promise will provide ideas for teachers on how to approach compassion learning in their own classroom.


  • Multicultural Sensitivity, where provocative pictures are used to illustrate that different cultures have more in common than they have differences. Discussions allow students to explore feelings and positive actions which build bridges between people of differing backgrounds.
photo: Three Smiles

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Children's Promise is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization
incorporated in 2001.