Character Does Matter

VETERANS AND SURVIVORS DEVELOPING CHARACTER IN THE NEXT GENERATION_

CHARACTER DOES MATTER

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Character Does Matter

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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 REWARDING

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Create a Spartan Development Center Account

The Spartan Development Center is TMF's online training and resource center. It is the 24/7 portal where you will access TMF training courses and our extensive resource library to help you bring our programs to your community.

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Complete an Introductory Online Course

After you register for your free account, you'll be able to complete the TMF Ambassador Course. It is designed to be completed in approximately one hour and will provide an introduction to TMF and our programs. You must complete this online course before registering for an in-person or virtual CDM Mentor training.

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Attend an In-Person or Virtual CDM Mentor Training Session

The training will cover our character development curriculum and fully prepare volunteers to deliver it to students in their communities. Volunteers who complete the training will have all the resources they need to deploy the Character Does Matter program.

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Additional Programmatic Support From

This program is powered in part by Wounded Warrior Project® to honor and empower post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families

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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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Access our lessons in character


Discover videos, weekly lesson plans, and additional resources to explore the 24 Character Strengths free from your home.

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TMF Stats:
001 60,000+ Veterans + Survivors Empowered
002 115,000+ Spartan Members
003 300,000+ Youth Living "If Not Me, Then Who..." Movement