VETERANS AND SURVIVORS DEVELOPING CHARACTER IN THE NEXT GENERATION_
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.
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.
CDM Mentors connect with youth
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.
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.
BECOMING A CDM MENTOR IS SIMPLE
Submit an Application
Complete an online application to join our team of volunteer Mentors. This opportunity is open to veterans, families of the fallen, and law enforcement & first responders.
Complete an Introductory Online Course
The TMF Ambassador Course can be completed in approximately one hour and provides an introduction to TMF and our programs. You must complete this online course before attending an in-person training session.
Attend an In-Person Training Session
Before becoming certified as a Mentor, you must attend a local training session led by TMF staff. Please see the map below for the next training session nearest you.
Upcoming CDM Trainings
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Character Does Matter14 - Dec - 2019 Get Involved
CDM Mentor Training - HoustonStart Time: 10:00am
Character Does Matter18 - Dec - 2019 Get Involved
CDM Mentor Training - San DiegoStart Time: 2:00pm
Character Does Matter18 - Jan - 2020 Get Involved
CDM Mentor Training - AtlantaStart Time: 9:00am
Character Does Matter21 - Jan - 2020 Get Involved
CDM Mentor Training - ChicagoStart Time: 5:00pm
Character Does Matter01 - Feb - 2020 Get Involved
CDM Mentor Training - D.C.Start Time: 1:00pm