After School Character Education Program
JDTRT is perfect for YMCA, Church, Boys & Girls Club, and At-Risk Teen Programs.
How do we know character education works? "Schools that infuse character education into their curricula and cultures...find improved academic achievement, behavior, school culture, peer interaction, and parental involvement. They see dramatic transformations; pro-social behaviors such as cooperation, respect, and compassion are replacing negative behaviors such as violence, disrespect, apathy, and underachievement. And when these positive attitudes and behaviors are present, students are better able to commit themselves to their work, which paves the way for perseverance, diligence, and ultimately, increased academic achievement. When you walk into a character education school – you know it. You find an atmosphere of care and respect, where students value learning and care about their teachers, classmates, communities, and themselves."
*Studies show that families that were required to take part in “family homework” resulted in more considerate and cooperative children, better able to solve interpersonal problems and were more tolerant of others. It also showed higher self-esteem, participation in extracurricular activities and less likely to use drugs and alcohol.
A study in South Dakota where a similar program was implemented showed crime decreased by 31- 56% between 1998 and 2000 and suspensions dropped 28%. Focusing on family workshops is a critical piece to this project and outside of the short -term positive effects, the long term reach of more productive, actively engaged and socially aware children and families can only benefit its communities and the future of our planet.