Stone Soup Leadership Institute

About the Diversity & Social Emotional Learning & Service Learning Curriculum

The Institute’s Education Curriculum is a proven product designed to inspire and engage students both in-person and remotely. The YMCA of the USA integrated the book and the curriculum in eight of its communities to teach students of all ages values and character building lessons, develop critical thinking skills, and civic responsibility. They used our content to lead sessions that encouraged self-reflection, group interaction and large group sharing.

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Ten student leaders from the Virginia Tech YMCA are using Stone Soup for the World to inspire the seventy young people (ages’ 5- 12) from low-income housing complexes in Blacksburg, Virginia they are mentoring. These students also found that the stories in the book helped prepare them for their “alternative spring break” where they decided to make a difference instead of making the usual college scene. They learned about the culture and history in an Appalachian community and in Belize, where they – – like kids in the story Hope for Los Chavalitos in the book — helped build a school for young people.


The Education Curriculum’s format covers a range of areas which can be adjusted to the needs of our different students. It also allows for it to be used in a variety of places and for a variety of reasons.

Terry Mulks, The Allston-Brighton Family Branch YMCA in Boston

The Curriculum helped to tie all the aspects of the learning experience together and make the transition to service learning as a teaching method easier for already busy teachers.

– Mary Tucker, The Partners Program at Springfield College’s YMCA

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