Stone Soup Leadership Institute’s Education Curriculum
Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes is a book with a mission and vision. Called a “handbook for humanitarians,” it shows us what’s working in the world and what it takes to build a healthier tomorrow. It is a call to action, challenging people to think about how we want the world to be and what each one of us can do to make it a better place for us all.
The Institute’s Educational Curriculum is based on Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes. It has been used in 120 communities in a wide variety of ages and settings including:
• Educators teaching middle -high school students character education, multicultural literacy and critical thinking skills, social studies, service learning, citizenship and leadership development skills;
• After-school programs: curriculum & activities;
• Tutors: inspiring stories that improve reading
• Mentors at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of NYC to teach values, character, business, citizenship
• AmeriCorps/community-based organizations training new volunteers;
• Schools to meet community service requirements;
• Service-learning life-long community involvement
• Churches: value-based character education;
• Community colleges and universities building public-private partnerships;
• Global education: Peace Corps and NGO’s in South Africa, Trinidad, Azerbaijan to build a democracy.
Educational tools for people-powered sustainable development that address the Millennium Goals and document the best practices of what it takes to build a new democracy and prepare the next generation of leaders to address the economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century.
The Educational Curriculum is a powerful educational resource offering people 100 heartwarming, action-oriented stories. It is dynamic and multicultural featuring people in 29 countries and 65 communities – people from all races, religions, and walks of life. This two-year curriculum — one hero a week for two years — includes the best-selling book, Leader’s Guide, audiotapes, videotapes – hero reports and website which features Hero-of-the-Month stories with accompanying sections of the Curriculum.
It is a toolbox full of practical ideas and an exciting resource directing people to exciting ways to make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods and the world. It is self-paced and flexible providing step-by-step instructions for how to integrate these stories into academic programs and community service projects. It is easy-to-use, versatile and adaptable.
The Institute’s Education Curriculum was piloted with YMCA’s Service Learning Coordinators in eight states who used it as a reflection tool and action resource with young people in their after-school programs.
If we can engage more youth in service learning through Stone Soup for the World we can eradicate the incidence of youth violence in our homes, schools, neighborhoods and our country.
Antoinette Mensah, Milwaukee YMCA