A student empowerment and empathy activation program is coming to Jay.

A student empowerment and empathy activation program is coming to Jay. Sweethearts & Heroes will bring its BRAVES Buddies and Circle anti-bullying programs to Jay-Westfield Elementary School for five consecutive Mondays, starting Monday, Jan. 24.  Tom Murphy of St. Albans, director and co-founder of Sweethearts & Heroes says. “That’s why Sweethearts & Heroes is going to schools this year to focus on the human skills, such as empathy, compassion, and the other relationship skills that cause struggles for so many students. Sweethearts & Heroes teammate Pat Fish will lead the five weeks of BRAVES and Circle work at Jay-Westfield Elementary. BRAVES is a K-12, self-directed leadership program designed to connect middle and high school students with elementary students. BRAVES uses the power of human connection, acceptance and behavior modeling to teach upper-level students how to become Sweethearts & Heroes. Circle is a fairly new component of Sweethearts & Heroes, and is based on the ancient ritual of sitting in a circle to communicate and build empathy.