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 to start in communities where because I said I would adult Chapters exist. Adult chapter members will serve as role models and leaders to school chapters located 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
Not everyone has a support system, role models or a place to turn to learn how to make a difference in society. Chapters are because I said I would’s response to the overwhelming request from around the world to provide structure, tools and resources to individuals and communities, enabling people to activate the power of promise at home, school or work.
Volunteer chapters across the US work together as a support group helping each other fulfill individual promises (the things they want to see improved) and fulfilling group promises to the community and other nonprofit organizations. Members meet monthly to learn tips and tricks that can help them get better with commitment. They learn and practice critical skills that can result in promises kept. Members learn skills that transfer over into all aspects of their lives.
Because I said I would chapters have:
- Increased volunteerism in communities
- Provided support for promises to improve health
- Strengthened family relationships
- Provided a place to go to socialize and be with people who want to make a positive difference in society
Because I said I would has launched 4 Chapters with a combined membership of over 300 members in Cleveland, Akron and Columbus, Ohio and Denver, Colorado. They have made promises to support refugee families, clean up hundreds of pounds of trash, pack medical supplies, register for the National Bone Marrow Registry, provide dinner for grieving children and other important causes.
Chapter members are leaders in the community who do what they say they are going to.
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
- +8.42M 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 8.42 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.