A Campaign for Kindness

Help us build a kinder world through love in action.

Our Mission

We Train Hearts is a registered 501C3 dedicated to igniting systemic change in the way we treat one another. 

We create transformational tools and experiences that instill empathy, compassion, community and love so that we are reminded that “us verses them” isn’t really a thing… 

Our Opportunity

We believe the source of every major crisis we currently face  is a lack of empathy, compassion, and love for one another and an understanding that we are all equal and connected. We strive to develop creative ways to teach these universal truths, with a focus on the hearts of our youth, so that we can all share in a peaceful, loving, equitable community.

Our Solution

We create and fund impactful tools and experiences that train hearts, teach empathy, and inspire participants to take action; the ultimate goal: a kinder world.

The question that drives us is: if we leverage our collective resources to invest in the hearts of our youth, what could the world be like when those whose hearts we train are someday in our shoes? Read about our programs >

Elementary Outreach

Anti-Bullying in K-3

Our Philosophy

In the words of the Dalai Lama…

Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of their school curriculum, the indispensability of inner values such as love, compassion, justice and forgiveness.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Who We Are

We are a team of self-proclaimed “Business Hippies” with a long list of credentials that, in the long run, really don’t matter. Together, we are committed to leveraging our business expertise, creativity, and resources to make the world a kinder place. Because we believe in the power of collective intent, we seek like-minded, like-hearted partners to share our vision, join our movement and make change. Are you in?  If so, email [email protected]

How You Can Help

If what you’ve read or watched so far resonates with you, here is how you can participate in this movement:

Invest In The Hearts Of Our Youth

Help our campaigns spread  nationwide. Note that every dollar is used for program expenses…because we are just a collective of “Business Hippies” working together to do good. Invest >

Request A Program

 Email [email protected] to request our Elementary Outreach or Neighborhood Outreach campaigns in your school or neighborhood.

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Elementary Outreach

A Proven Plan to Kick Bullying to the Curb

What the Heck is Tacky Box?

Our elementary school outreach program teaches children the power of words, the importance of choosing kind words, and personal responsibility for word choices through the Tacky Box concept. Featuring original work by Dallas Children’s Theater, this program offers students a multi-sensory experience through live theater and group discussion during a campus assembly, followed by daily evaluation of words called “Tacky Box Time.” As a symbol of each child’s personal choice to refrain from using tacky words, he or she writes any tacky words heard or said, locks them in the Tacky Box, and “removes them from the heart and mind.” Here is our why: 

97% of elementary teachers want Social Emotional Learning  programs in their classroom.  (CASEL*)

Implementation of this effective program ensures each child is empowered to choose kind words over tacky words, which they will no doubt be exposed to, through a visual and tactile lesson. Requested by counselors and teachers across the nation, this program offers a proactive solution to end bullying by tackling the issue at its root, so that we can, collectively, once again raise kind kids.  Here is our how:

75% of teachers who believe bullying is an issue say SEL programs curb incidents.  (CASEL*)

awardsealNational Award Recipient

We are honored to have received the 2014 Silver Nautilus Award for “Books for a Better World.” Watch the Tacky Box Story video to learn how Tacky Box came to be.

Making a Difference in Schools – A Case Study

For more information on this program, email [email protected]ackybox.com or fill out the form below.

Founding Sponsor:

Featuring original work by:

Dallas Children's Theater

Why Schools Want TackyBox

Why Schools Want TackyBox

I believe that if I start training my younger grades very well in how to be kind, eventually, we will transform our entire school culture.
Elementary Counselor

Boise ISD

We focus on taking responsibility for our actions, and Tacky Box allows students to own their thoughts and behaviors, as well as the decision to make positive choices! By focusing on these skills and reinforcing them in a fun and engaging way, I hope to decrease the amount of issues we may have when these students reach higher grades.  My goal is to be proactive, rather than reactive, and tacky box appears to be a great way to achieve this!
Elementary Counselor

Virginia Beach ISD

Today, near dismissal, we had a sharing of the F word and a middle finger hand gesture, from two different kids.  I have girls who say horribly mean things to each other and we have daily tears. I found you today when looking for anything to help explain kindness to my kids.  They, individually, are kind and loving students, but as a class they struggle.  One volunteer won’t return because of their behavior.  Tacky Box would be something visible that would help them know what to do with the unkind words and actions.  We operate on a shoestring. We have low tuition and teachers spend their own money for classroom supplies other than textbooks. I hope you will consider helping us!
First Grade Teacher,

Oceanside, California

CASEL* studies  show an increase of 11 points on standardized tests when SEL programs are introduced.
*CASEL = Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

 Tacky Box assists our educators in creating a kinder world and more respectful school culture by enabling students to correct their own inappropriate interactions with peers. We are excited about partnering with Chris Phelps and her organization to create a caring school climate and ultimately a more respectful society.

Dr. Sylvia Lopez

Former Director of School Counseling, Dallas ISD and Founding President of the Lone Star State School Counselor Association

Schools Requesting TackyBox

Schools Served

Children Reached as of December 2020

Neighborhood Outreach

Hot Soup Sunday!

Neighbors Serving Neighbors

In December 2020, We Train Hearts will begin Neighborhood Outreach efforts with Hot Soup Sunday. Our COVID conscious debut will offer hot soup to-go for any neighbor who could use a home-cooked meal and some great live music.  Post-COVID, we will serve our neighbors a multi-course meal under twinkle lights while we share stories and break bread together.  We can’t wait! 

Bowls Served


How You Can Help

If what you’ve read so far resonates with you, there are many ways you can help.
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