“If Not Me, Then Who…”
Our future leaders need heroes.
Veterans and Families of the Fallen
inspiring, leading, & mentoring the next generation.
to serve and lead in their local communities.
completed in honor of Fallen Heroes
Bringing Heroes to our Future Leaders
The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) is creating and inspiring the next generation of future leaders. Character Does Matter (CDM) empowers veterans and families of the fallen to deliver dynamic, inspiring presentations to emerging leaders across the nation. The program engages the next generation of leaders to serve, directly impacting their local communities while carrying on the legacies of our nation’s Fallen Heroes. While delivering the “If Not Me, Then Who…” message, our contingent of ambassadors, comprised of veterans and families of fallen service members share relatable stories and inspire tens of thousands of young people to demonstrate character by exhibiting courage, integrity, leadership and service in their everyday lives. Students go on to inspire their peers, both in their communities and in future CDM presentations. CDM also challenges our veterans and their families to continue their service at home while providing exceptional role models for our next generation. Through this program we ask each individual to demonstrate “If Not Me, Then Who…” examples in their everyday life.
“I believe the impact we had on our community was priceless…Our school has historically been cast in a very poor light; however, there are a lot of great kids at our school. When people realized it was Germantown High School doing all this work through the Character Does Matter program, they were surprised.” ~Aminah Tolbert, Student at Germantown High School
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Character Does Matter Ambassadors
Along with our Travis Manion Foundation staff members, we have a speakers bureau of close to 20 veterans and families of the fallen across the country that are excited to present to your school or group. All of our Ambassadors have gone through an intensive training program administered by distinguished leadership professors.
Greater Philadelphia Region:
Ryan Manion & Terrence Fenningham
Greater San Diego Region:
Amy Looney, Nick Borrelli, and Albie Masland
Central PA Region:
VA / MD / Western PA Region:
MD / DC / Northern VA Region:
Josh Jabin, Mike Barikian, Eric Herzberg, Wes Blackwell, Clare Blackwell, Leslie Nicole Smith, Dave Papak
Greater Houston Region:
Greg Fremin, Elaine Williams, & Paul Lowery
Grand Rapids, MI Region:
“Those of us close to Jesse promised him that if he didn’t get to be here to raise Amaya, we would all make sure that she grew up knowing who he was, how he lived, and of his heart…Programs like Character Does Matter help me to follow through with that promise, and for that I will be forever grateful.” ~Sonya Williams, Gold Star Wife
Interested in becoming an Ambassador and bringing CDM to your hometown? (You must be a veteran or family member of a fallen service member to be considered for eligibility to become an Amabassador. Exceptions are taken on a case-by-case basis.)
“Your presentation was powerful, educational, and personal. I know all the young men in attendance took something from your efforts. The Travis Manion Foundation matters and it does make a difference, thanks again…” ~Paul Kostacopoulos, Head Baseball Coach, United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar / STEM Camp
The Travis Manion Foundation has partnered with the United States Naval Academy to bring our Character Does Matter program to the best and the brightest young people from across the country as they attend USNA’s Summer Seminar and USNA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp.
2014 Character Does Matter session dates:
Session 1 - June 4th
Session 2 - June 11th
Session 3 - June 18th
Click here for information about the U.S. Naval Academy fallen heroes.
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