Start With Hello

We believe empathy and inclusiveness are critical to building safer schools and youth organizations. The Start With Hello program empowers students to recognize loneliness and social isolation in their peers, offering effective strategies to reach out and help, and ways they can grow an empathetic and inclusive community.

Start With Hello teaches students three steps:

  1. See Someone Alone
    Learn about social isolation and loneliness as well as how to empathize with those who are feeling alone.
  2. Reach Out and Help
    Learn strategies to connect with others and ways to alleviate anxiety about reaching out.
  3. Start with Hello
    Apply strategies to include others, build lasting relationships and support a connected and inclusive community. 

The Start With Hello trainings and resources are flexible to use.  Start With Hello is directly aligned with the social-emotional learning (SEL) standards developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. 

Registration is free.  Be part of the Start With Hello movement and register today.



There are five stages to the Start With Hello program cycle.  Each stage provides enough flexibility so that educators and students can implement it themselves.  All of the resources you need are available here on the Learning Center at no cost.

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have participated in the Start With Hello program.


SAVE Promise Clubs have brought Start With Hello to their school or youth organization.

With 70 percent of adolescents experiencing loneliness, the Start With Hello program can help build more connected and inclusive communities.