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Simple Acts: Service and Acts of Kindness in Early Childhood Development

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Presented by Natalie Silverstein, MPH, Author and New York Coordinator of Doing Good Together

Sponsored by Gryphon House



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We live in a complicated, increasingly disconnected world. It feels as though parents and educators are swimming against a rising tide of negative energy, searching for hope and the tools to empower ourselves and the children in our lives to make a positive impact on the world. Service is one simple answer: a way to spread positivity and kindness, to foster compassion, empathy, open-mindedness and generosity in developing children.

This is not just wishful thinking; volunteering is not just a nice thing to do. Research has shown that engaging in community service in childhood and, more specifically, volunteering as a family, has a meaningful, long-term impact on kids. Natalie Silverstein’s work as a volunteer coordinator and passionate advocate for family service inspired her to write Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back. Teaching young children to be socially conscious, community-oriented, and eager to volunteer seems like a daunting task, especially in the midst of so many competing priorities. Simple Acts brings parents and educators practical, easy-to-do ideas to involve the whole family in volunteering and helping others in the community.

In this edWebinar, Natalie will review:

  • The proven value of service in raising compassionate children
  • How to choose community service options
  • Ideas for integrating volunteering and service into already-busy schedules
  • Ways to help children experience the deep satisfaction of helping others

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-8 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and after-school coordinators. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


About the Presenter

Natalie Silverstein, MPH is an author and the New York coordinator of Doing Good Together. Her first book, Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back, will be published by Gryphon House on April 1, 2019. Natalie has been a contributing blogger for Mommypoppins.com with a particular focus on family-friendly community service ideas and her parenting essays have appeared on GrownandFlown.com. Along with her husband Jonathan, she is the co-founder of The Silverstein Foundation for Parkinson’s with GBA. Natalie earned an undergraduate degree in health administration from Providence College and a Master of Public Health from Yale University. She is a passionate advocate for family and youth volunteerism and is a frequent consultant and presenter to parents, faculty, students and community groups in New York City where she lives with her family.



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