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 SIMPLE

01

Register for a Training Near You

Search the map below to find a training near you. This initiative is open to veterans, families of the fallen, law enforcement and first responders. If there is not an upcoming training near you, Join the Mission to be connected to the regional staff near you for further information about how to serve with TMF.

02

Complete an Introductory Online Course

After you register, you’ll receive a link 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 attending an in-person training session.

03

Attend an In-Person Training Session

The training will cover our character development curriculum and fully prepare volunteers to deliver it to young adults in their community. Volunteers who complete the training will have all the resources they need to build presentations and run activities for youth.

Additional Programmatic Support From

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Upcoming CDM Trainings

Ready to get started?

  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Houston

    Start Time: 10:00am
    29 - Feb - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - San Antonio

    Start Time: 10:00am
    07 - Mar - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Denver

    Start Time: 6:00pm
    01 - Apr - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - San Diego

    Start Time: 1:30pm
    08 - Apr - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Chicago

    Start Time: 5:00pm
    08 - Apr - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - El Paso

    Start Time: 6:00pm
    09 - Apr - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Atlanta

    Start Time: 9:00am
    18 - Apr - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Seattle

    Start Time: 5:00pm
    23 - Apr - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Addison

    Start Time: 6:00pm
    23 - Apr - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Ft. Worth

    Start Time: 10:00am
    02 - May - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - New York

    Start Time: 10:00am
    02 - May - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Chicago

    Start Time: 5:00pm
    12 - May - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - San Antonio

    Start Time: 10:00am
    16 - May - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Washington D.C.

    Start Time: 1:00pm
    16 - May - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Houston

    Start Time: 10:00am
    30 - May - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Culver City

    Start Time: 11:00am
    11 - Jun - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Baltimore

    Start Time: 1:00pm
    13 - Jun - 2020 Get Involved
  • Character Does Matter

    CDM Mentor Training - Richmond

    Start Time: 12:30pm
    02 - Aug - 2020 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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TMF Stats:
001 60,000+ Veterans + Survivors Empowered
002 115,000+ Spartan Members
003 300,000+ Youth Living "If Not Me, Then Who..." Movement