FREE Virtual Toolkit for Educators
In the spirit of Tikun Olam (repairing the world), The Stone Soup Leadership Institute is making its Virtual Tool Kit available for free to educators, non-profits, and students alike. This Tool Kit offers supplemental resources with inspiring stories, lesson plans, videos and activities based on the Bestselling Book Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes as a FREE download in English and Spanish.  

The book is a collection of 100 true stories about community and individual humanitarian acts and features an introduction by Walter Cronkite. The Education Curriculum offers lesson plans for multicultural literacy, critical thinking skills, social studies, service learning, citizenship and leadership development skills; character education, Piloted by the YMCA of the USA, the Educational Curriculum has been used in 120 communities around the world.
Stone Soup for the World is full of real life stories that interests people of all ages. The Institute's Education Curriculum provides excellent ideas and activities to help bring those stories to life. For our YMCAs, these books have become effective reflection tools, enabling them to engage young people and volunteers in important community service activities.
David R. Mercer, YMCA of the USA
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Hero Reports Narrated by Walter Cronkite, The Institute's Chairperson
U.S. Congressman John Lewis
Nane Alejandrez, Barrios Unidos
Oakland Fire Captain
Ray Gatchalian
Youth Dream Videos
featuring young people who have been inspired by the stories to change their lives, their communities and the world.
Youth Dreams Martha's Vineyard
Youth Dreams Oakland
Youth Dreams Holyoke
The self-paced curriculum emphasizes improving young people’s reading and higher-order thinking skills, ensures that the Stone Soup selections support discussions on cultural and ethnic diversity, conflict management, and global interdependence. For, if these real people in their real stories can live such vibrant lives, accomplish so much, and in the end prevail, could not the young reader find comparable courage to face the inevitable challenges in his life?
Global TeachNet, National Peace Corps Association; Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

The Stone Soup Leadership Institute’s book and educational curriculum Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes gives life to the Stone Soup fable. Over 120 communities use them to inspire and educate young people to become leaders in their lives, communities and our world.  Founded in 1997, the Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
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