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What We Do

Operation Respect transforms schools, camps, and other youth-serving organizations into safer, more respectful, bully-free environments for children and youth through our social-emotional learning curriculum, professional training, and inspiring music. We provide adults the tools they need to help children and youth express their feelings constructively, resolve conflict peacefully, celebrate diversity, and engage with each other in a spirit of caring, compassion and cooperation.

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social – emotional learning

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Why We Do What We Do

Inspired by the change leadership legacy of our founder, Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary, we believe in the development of the whole child and that we must teach children the social-emotional skills they need to succeed in school and in life. We believe that each child, in each of our communities around the world deserves to live in a safe, respectful, compassionate community, free of bullying, hatred and violence.

Our Purpose

We believe that children and youth must learn to honor and respect themselves and others and to resolve conflict peacefully.  We must reach the hearts and minds of children, youth, their families, and their educators through the creative arts and evidence-based instruction to build the caring communities we seek.  Our work is vital to ensuring today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, artists, advocates, creators, policymakers, and problem solvers

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Countries whose educators have registered and ordered a copy of our program

Where We Do What We Do

Operation Respect works in and with schools, camps and communities around the world and has reached hundreds of thousands of children and youth from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Tokyo, Japan since it began in 2000. Large projects are currently underway in Clark County, Nevada, New York City, Israel, and Hong Kong and our free resources are used in thousands of schools every day.