Character Does Matter

VETERANS AND SURVIVORS DEVELOPING CHARACTER IN THE NEXT GENERATION_

Character Does Matter

Doing the right thing


Character Does Matter Mentors develop character and leadership skills in young adults. Grounded in the evidence-based field of Positive Psychology, they use a strengths-based approach to develop character traits in the next generation through a combination of informal discussions and activity-based learning.

this one program addresses two problems

First, more than 55% of veterans feel disconnected from civilian life.

Second, more than one in three young people – that’s 16 million young adults – never had a positive role model or mentor.

Both groups improve their overall well-being through engagement, stronger relationships and developing purpose through serving others.

 

TWO UNIQUE WAYS

CDM Mentors connect with youth

Character Does Matter

Character and Leadership Presentations


By sharing stories of real people who exemplify great character and leadership, CDM Mentors demonstrate what it means to live the “If Not Me, Then Who…” ethos – and then challenge students to do the same.

Character Does Matter

Veteran and Youth Mentorship


CDM Mentors build relationships with young adults, helping them develop character and leadership through day-long and multi-day experiences, to include team-building exercises, group discussions and experiential learning challenges. As part of the program, students commit to participating in a service project in honor of fallen heroes.

CHARACTER DOES MATTER

BECOMING A CDM MENTOR IS SIMPLE

01

Submit an Application

Complete a formal application to join the Character Does Matter team and TMF will conduct a background check, to approve you for volunteering with youth.

02

Complete Training & Certification

Through a comprehensive in-person or online training, you will learn how to execute the Character Does Matter program.

Presenting National Sponsors

JNJ2  Schultz Family Foundation Logo2

Upcoming CDM Trainings

Ready to get started?

  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Denver

    Start Time: 4:30pm
    09 - Jan - 2019 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - D.C.

    Start Time: 9:00am
    12 - Jan - 2019 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Richmond

    Start Time: 4:00pm
    12 - Jan - 2019 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Fort Worth

    Start Time: 10:00am
    16 - Feb - 2019 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Fort Worth

    Start Time: 10:00am
    02 - Jun - 2019 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Fort Worth

    Start Time: 10:00am
    10 - Aug - 2019 Get Involved

Bring CDM to your students


The program is completely free for schools and youth groups thanks to TMF’s generous supporters.

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Discover lesson plans and videos exploring the 24 Character Strengths available free to all.

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TMF Stats:
001 60,000+ Veterans + Survivors Empowered
002 100,000+ Spartan Members
003 250,000+ Youth Living "If Not Me, Then Who..." Movement