Generating a virtuous cycle of kindness in schools.

What We Do

Riley’s Way Program for elementary schools encourages and recognizes students who are kind and empathetic – as evidenced by clear examples of those children helping others – so that being the truest of friends is celebrated in the same way that children often get commended for being a good athlete or top student.

Through the program, Riley’s Way provides a 3-year $60,000 grant to participating elementary schools in New York City to allow them to focus on social and emotional learning in both their teachers and students. We provide professional development and training for the teachers and curriculum, lesson plans, and activities for the students.


Our goal is to generate a virtuous cycle of kindness in schools, with the hope that it leads to a positive, measurable, long-term impact in students' lives as well as in their schools and communities. This broad-reaching impact will include raising awareness about the importance of kindness and empathy, and encouraging and helping to change students' behavior so that they are more kind and empathetic to each other.