Making an Impact through Programs
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Character Education in Schools
Learning English, Math and Science is incredibly important. But, if we are not educating the next generation to be decent human beings to one another, then what’s the point of it all? Because I said I would makes an impact with students in schools in 3 ways.
1. Because I said I would School Assemblies.
During the school assembly, we share stories of personal accountability from around the world. These stories encourage students to really think about the words they say and the promises they make – inspiring them to make and keep promises to better themselves, their school or their community. Because I said I would has engaged over 100,000 students across the country through school assemblies. Click here to request a school assembly.
2. Free Classroom Resources for Educators.
Assemblies are a first step to engaging youth. But how do we continue the momentum and energy of an assembly to really make an impact? The average teacher spends $500 out of pocket on classroom needs – We’ve helped over 300 schools by providing them with FREE resources. We enable educators to continue the practice of personal accountability beyond our assemblies through the use of our lesson plans, teacher kits and video series. Click here to download our Lesson Plans.
3. Student Chapters.
Because I said I would has extended our Chapter Program to High Schools with hopes to open Middle School and even College Level Chapters in the future. The first 3 High School Chapters have been selected in Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, OH. School chapters provide opportunities for service learning, personal development and volunteerism through the practice of personal accountability. Click here to learn more about High School Chapters.
Character education in schools has been shown to:
- Reduce self-harm and address teen suicide
- Increase volunteerism
- Decrease bullying
- Provide a platform and support for positive activities
- Greater commitment to academics
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. As we continue to develop and improve our programming our hope is to 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
In the United States and in many other places in the world, it is almost at cultural expectation that promises will be broken. Combined with other efforts, changing this culture will require awareness campaigns. Society needs to be reminded that promises still matter and a handshake still means something. If we can keep this thought in the minds of citizens, then maybe important promises will be kept, like quitting smoking, losing weight, or volunteering. Research from the Dominican University of California suggests that reminders are important part of the goal achievement process. Because I said I would has reached millions of people through awareness campaigns.
- +30M media impressions through television and radio
- +3.5 million views on YouTube
- +115,000 Facebook followers
- +200,000 people have attended live presentations
- +10.3M promise cards distributed
At one point in time, the thought of “random acts of kindness” or “granting wishes for children” were not well understood concepts. It took a movement people and awareness campaigns for those efforts become part of our social norm. We will need the same energy to bring back the importance of a promise.
Built on the foundation of encouraging positive change and acts of kindness, because I said I would sends out ten promise cards to anywhere in the world for free. People use these cards to remember the importance of their word, for promises both big and small. With the assistance of our volunteers, because I said I would fulfills promise card requests out of our Cleveland, Ohio office. Thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours, over 10.3 million promise cards have been sent to over 153 countries.
Because I said I would executes charitable projects that inspire others to make promises that better humanity. Projects have helped the victims of Hurricane Sandy, sent children with cancer to Disneyland, supported doctors fighting Ebola and cleaned up after riots in Ferguson, MO.
Donate to what we do
100% of your donation goes directly to our charitable programs. Not a penny of your support is bogged down by administrative expenses. How? All of our organization’s overhead expenses are covered by our Founder’s speaking engagement fees. Many influential speakers keep their speaking fees as personal income, but Alex ensures that all of his earnings are given to charity. We promise that your support will used to purchase supplies and equipment for community-based volunteer projects, character education materials for kids and other essential programming costs.