At the age of 21, I’ve been in school for the majority of my life. Every single time I’m reconnected with friends and family that I haven’t seen in a while, one of the first questions I’m asked is “how is school going?” Almost every single time I automatically respond, “It’s going well,” even when that might not always be true.
In high school, I started It Ends Today: a global non-profit organization focused on promoting the importance of bystander intervention after the suicide of a family friend. Even today, I wonder if my friend would still be alive if his school’s climate and culture were more positive and accepting. To date, our organization has reached over 400,000 students and currently operates 26 chapters across the country. inspirED will soon be taking over the organization and transforming all of our chapters into inspirED Teams.
My passion for a positive, safer learning environment continued during my studies at Yale, where during my freshman year I met my mentor, the director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Marc Brackett. Through working with him on his research of emotional intelligence—specifically the negative effects of bullying—I realized that emotional intelligence is a vital component our educational system. So why is it missing from most schools across the United States? To address this problem, I I helped work on the Emotion Revolution, last year. The emotion Revolution was a joint project with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Born This Way Foundation to inspire educators and students to consciously promote the incorporation of emotional intelligence in day to day life. And now, with Facebook, I want to revolutionize schools across America.
So how do you feel in schools?
If you’re like the thousands of high school students we surveyed last year, then you would probably agree that you associate learning and school with negative emotions: tired, stressed and bored. Why don’t you feel happy, inspired, empowered when you’re at school? What can you do to change this? What can your teachers do?
The best way to start a revolution is to get everyone involved; it’s time for you to be inspirED and bring emotional intelligence to your school and your education. This blog provides students with the unique opportunity to share anything from stories to tips, ideas, opportunities, experiences, and scholarships. Written by students for other students, this blog can empower and inspire us to live more positive lives.
Additionally, you can get involved with inspirED and start impacting your community by creating an inspirED Team at your school. You will be able to plan and execute fun, creative activities for your peers, while promoting a more positive learning environment.
Bio: Christopher Rim is a psychology major with a concentration in neuroscience at Yale University. He has been recognized as one of the world’s “Top 10 Best Mannered People,” most influential students of the millennial generation, and as one of Luce’s young global leaders. Christopher currently serves as a consultant for multiple organizations including, inspirED by Facebook. Christopher has had an entrepreneurial spirit since a young age when he became interested in designing and building structures to improve community access to services that solved key societal needs. In 2010, as a sophomore in high school, Christopher founded It Ends Today, Inc., a global non-profit organization that focuses on promoting bystander intervention and emotional intelligence in elementary and high schools. Through Christopher’s direction, the organization reaches over 400,000 students, parents, teachers, and administrators every year. In addition, Christopher serves on multiple boards including Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, inspirED by Facebook, and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence’s Emotion Revolution.