UAN's Humane Education Ambassador Reader (HEAR) program helps children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. HEAR volunteers visit elementary school classrooms, after-school programs, animal shelters and other venues to read to children and lead discussions -- helping children develop critical thinking skills and empathy.
HEAR volunteers and
the children they reach share information about animals, reflect on the
roles of animals in their communities and determine our responsibilities
The HEAR program aligns with academic content standards in the United States and Canada.
Research findings on HEAR
The HEAR program promotes empathy by presenting powerful stories, encouraging children to put themselves in the place of animals, and asking questions that promote critical thinking. A 2009 pilot study of the HEAR program conducted by Inverness Research, Inc. suggests that HEAR:
If you are a teacher or would like to learn more about bringing HEARS to your child's class please contact Chris@ssdart.org. To learn more about the HEARS program go to http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navId=567