We teach positive character development in America's youth through the watching of inspiring movies and engagement in dynamic discussions. We use the power of film to inspire teens to become responsible citizens and ethical leaders, helping them live fulfilling lives.
"Character, more than IQ, is what leads to real and lasting success..."
-- Paul Tough
"Research shows students exposed to character-based programs 'engage in more pro-social behavior, are more skilled at resolving interpersonal conflicts, are more concerned about others, and are more committed to democratic values.'"
-- Character Education Partnership Washington DC 2013
"A growing body of evidence measuring success show that strong character traits are the single biggest indicator of success, eclipsing even IQ tests and socioeconomic factors."
-- Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2012
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty."
-- Zig Ziglar
"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character."
-- Albert Einstein
"Don't walk through life just playing football. Don't walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone's life, that's the ultimate vision, that's the ultimate goal - bottom line."
-- Ray Lewis
"Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful."
-- Jacqueline Bisset
"The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith."
-- Billy Graham
"Display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself."
-- Paul Bryant
"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character."
"Sow a character and you reap a destiny."
-- James Allen
"Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity."
-- Stephen Covey
"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost."
-- Billy Graham
"A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble."
-- Charles Spurgeon
"Sports do not build character. They reveal it."
-- Heywood Broun
"Our ability to handle life's challenges is a measure of our strength of character."
-- Les Brown
An interactive educational experience for middle school and high school students that combines movie viewing, character education activities, and participant recognition.DONATE
Persistence is a character trait that we all have the ability to harness in order to achieve our goals. Recent studies show that persistence is key in coming up with creative solutions to whatever problems we may face. Read this article from Pacific Standard for more details on these studies, and to learn why it […]
Recent studies from scientists at top universities reveal the increasing dominance of teams in a company setting. In tandem with research from other organizations, including the CIA and National Transportation Safety Board, this article from Digital Tonto delves into the reasoning behind such an increase in prioritizing the team over the individual. Not only is […]
The productive struggle method of teaching is meant to give students a chance to work through problems on their own rather than wait for teachers to give them all of the answers. This article from Edutopia provides classroom anecdotes that illustrate the benefits of such a teaching method, including authentic student engagement with learning materials […]
At the end of 2015, Bill Gates published a blog post entitled ‘The Best Books I Read in 2015.’ In this post he explained six different books that he read during the year, two of which actually dealt with themes of improving one’s character. The fact that one-third of Gates’ book recommendations deals with themes […]
Each year TrueSpark kids and the TrueSpark team acknowledge the outstanding talents, efforts and achievements of Leading Ladies and Leading Men that have made a difference throughout the year.