Chapter Mission Statement
We keep promises to help others in need through volunteerism and work to become better citizens through personal development workshops.
Because I said I would chapters are a force for good in their local community. Our members hold a meetup each month that acts as a personal development group. We work on our individual promises and learn new and interesting ways to get better with commitment. After planning our unified charitable promises, we execute these projects in a separate gathering every month.
WHAT DO OUR CHAPTERS DO?
1. Personal Development for members.
We work together to grow. Through thought-provoking content and workshops we improve and refine the practice of keeping promises. We also learn about how promises and humanity are affected by history, psychology, philosophy and culture. Click here to see examples.
2. Unified charitable promises in their city.
Make and keep unified promises as a team. Our volunteer projects help people and causes in our local community. Click here to see examples.
High School Chapters
The future of because I said I would is in our chapter program. We believe that an emphasis on promise keeping and character development through the 7 Elements of Honor will strengthen future generations. We believe each and every student has the ability to make and keep promises. That is why we are placing an emphasis on developing High School Chapters. We are currently piloting the High School Chapter program at the following schools: Fairview High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio, and Buchtel Community Learning Center in Akron, Ohio. As we continue to develop and improve our programming we will be able to expand to Middle schools and universities.
Character education provides the opportunity for students to build the self-control needed to face life’s adversities. We launched high school chapters, provide personal development activities, and conduct assemblies to inspire students to be a person of their word. We invest in character education programming because we know some students are one promise away from graduating.
According to the National Institute of Health only 29% to 45% of 6th-12th graders reported that they had social competencies such as empathy, decision making, and conflict resolution skills. Youth who participate in character education programming exhibit:
- Academic self-efficacy
- Positive youth engagement
- Positive self-identity
- Better self-control
- Stronger bonds within the community
- More caring and empathetic
How to Start a High School Chapter
Here are the steps to submit your interest in starting a High School Chapter:
- Have a minimum of one interested full time teacher to serve as the Teacher Adviser
- Have a minimum of 10 students committed to joining the chapter
- Have an Adult Chapter in the surrounding area or the ability to begin an Adult Chapter
- Have the support of the administration/system
- Be willing and able to host a High School wide assembly, if available
- Be willing to host a school wide in-service education on Promise Keeping and the 7 Elements of Honor
- Complete and submit an Interest Form
It is our goal to launch more high school chapters in the fall of 2018 and, as we continue to build programming, we hope to be able to offer it to any school that is interested.
To learn more about starting a Chapter, visit our Chapter Interest Application page. Please note once an Interest Form is submitted it may take up to 60 days for you to receive a response.