The Kidsbridge mission is to educate and empower children and youth through character education, diversity appreciation and pro-social life skills training. The purpose is to create empathetic individuals and caring citizens who live their lives without prejudice or discrimination and who are positive advocates for themselves and others.
Kidsbridge envisions a more accepting world in which people are free to be themselves without fear of being bullied or mistreated. By first developing a foundation in empathy, Kidsbridge’s ‘evidence-based’ programs provide the strategies, tools and practice needed to effectively:
- Address bullying, bias, prejudice and discrimination
- Change bystanders into UPstanders
- Encourage empowerment and positive self-esteem
- Develop empathy, respect for others and diversity appreciation
- Promote the value of life skills, staying in school and aspiration to college
Civility & Kindness – Kidsbridge teaches children and youth that civility and kindness are necessary values for interacting with others. By giving them the tools to change their own behaviors and their school culture, the hope is that the world will become a better place as well.
Empathy & Caring – Kidsbridge believes that empathy must be cultivated in every child and youth. Until one can put themselves in another’s place to feel and understand his/her pain or until one can truly care about others, one cannot be a change agent in school or in the world.
Learning & Education – Kidsbridge promotes learning and education, and believes that encouraging youth to finish high school and aspire to college and beyond will not only develop better citizens with a more secure future but will challenge each student to be the best he/she can be.
Empowerment & Leadership – Kidsbridge strives to provide children and youth with the tools they need to become strong, empowered individuals and responsible, open leaders who stand by their convictions and lead by example.
Tolerance & Respect – Kidsbridge endorses the belief that every person, regardless of his or her race, culture, heritage, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation or differing abilities deserves an equal chance and the same opportunities and should not be judged, included or excluded based on these attributes.
Kidsbridge is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing imaginative, hands-on exhibits and programs that focus on bullying prevention; tolerance & diversity appreciation; empowerment & positive self-esteem; peaceful conflict resolution & respect for all persons; sensitivity for persons with disabilities, addressing gender and LGBT issues; creating a support team; and youth grassroots activism. Children and teens visiting the Tolerance Center interact in small groups; a trained group leader (Kidsbridge staff, TCNJ college students or adult volunteers from the community) encourages discussion around the hands-on, interactive activities.