We are striving to reach 365 students in the next twelve months with Character GPS programs. We need to build the infrastructure and programming so that we can roll it out to over 1,000 kids in 2014 and 3,000 kids in 2015!
We need your help to get Character GPS into more schools and develop our on-line capabilities! We will train more mentors, parents and trainers to give additional children access to this life-changing program.
With successful programs in the Boys and Girls Club, Metropolitan Ministries Charter School, Berkeley Preparatory School, the Tampa YMCA and St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, we have seen the results Character GPS has on today's youth - and it is inspiring!
After one Adventure a little girl came up to Jeff, one of our Co-Founders, hugged him and joyfully exclaimed, "Thank you - now I know who I am!"
Together let's stop the epidemic of apathy, bullying and victimization by teaching children how to find their true North and follow it. Join us in ‘Standing Up For Character.’ Let's work together to get children moving beyond their circumstances to living more successful, and purpose-driven lives.
Our children face tough choices daily. The examples set in mainstream society steer our kids into poor decision making:
Bullying: 23% of elementary students are bullied 1-3 times monthly
Teen Pregnancy & Abortion: In 2002 an estimated 1-in-3 teen girls got pregnant, resulting in 215,000 abortions.
Substance abuse: 61% of substance abusers are 12-17 years old and 5,000 youth die from underage drinking each year.
Suicide: There are 12 youth suicides and over 1200 attempted suicides every day.
Shootings: In the 1960's there were 5 shootings in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the U.S. In the 1990's there were 20!
Today's teachers often have to be caretaker, disciplinarian, educator and friend to our children. Unfortunately, character development gets pushed aside as the primary focus becomes reactive disciplinary actions.
So what can we do?
Imagine a program where kids are involved in making their world at home, their school, and their community a better place by using timeless principles and values to develop their own plan for life success.
Character GPS is an eight-week, skill-based intensive character education program that teaches kids how to “stand up for character”. Together our co-founders Matthew Hoffman and Jeff Cain use their 30 plus years of experience in training and leadership development to help transform our kids.
Using interactive, multi-media adventures, kids learn how to demonstrate key values like: respect, integrity honesty and goal-setting. Through a team approach, “Adventure Guides,” approved mentors, parents and educators work together to equip our kids for academic and life success.
We have piloted this program all around the Tampa Bay area with amazing results. In some areas where 3% or less of the students are likely to attend college, 100% of our graduates are setting goals to complete high school and graduate from college.
We have partnered with some awesome companies to give you the opportunity to purchase a pair of fashionable sandals and sponsor a child’s single Adventure for only $50! It’s a win-win for all involved. Here's how it works:
Join the Stand Up for Character movement and select some awesome sandals from Our Perks
Look over our Perks and choose footwear that helps you Stand Up for Character in comfort, while supporting children in growing theirs!
$50 Perk Level - Men's & Kid's Sandal Choices from Cobian
$75 Perk Level - Mens Sandal Choices from Cobian
$50 Perk Level - Women's Sandal Choices from Lindsay-Phillips
$75 Perk Level - Women's Sandal Choices from Lindsay-Phillips
Even if your funds are tight you can help! Share the campaign on your Facebook page, your Twitter feed, or favorite social media site to help get the word out!
About our Co-Founders
Matthew Hoffman, Co-Founder of Character GPS®, has over 15 years experience as a Business Executive, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist. His wide-ranging charitable interest in helping children includes working as a camp counselor and director, serving as a certified leadership development trainer, board member for the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, and Trustee for the Berkeley Preparatory School. As a father of 3 children himself, Matthew is passionate about empowering kids by helping them realize their unique gifts, develop a sound inner compass based on universal principles, and gain the skills they need to create inspired and fulfilling futures. Matthew has an MBA from Cornell University plus extensive business leadership and nonprofit experience.
Jeffrey Cain, Co-Founder of Character GPS®, has over 30 years' expertise in designing and delivering educational, business, and charitable training programs that profoundly impact the lives of all ages while transforming their social environments that they live and learn in. He has conducted continuing education classes and professional development workshops for teachers and professors at all levels of education across 3 decades. He studied Computer Operations Research Engineering at Cornell University, holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Mathematics and an M.S. degree in Adult Education Methodology & Statistical Research from Indiana University. Jeff is a Certified Master Facilitator for a wide-variety of programs including Stephen Covey’s "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Leadership Development. Having served over 10 years as a VP and Regional Director of HR, Corporate Training, Jeff loves to teach and help people grow to their full potential. As a father of 2 children himself, Jeff has taught, coached, and mentored children of all ages starting with his first teaching position out of college in an inner city school, which ignited his true passion "to save our world, One child at a time."
Stand Up for Character Perk Information & Logistics
How We Plan to Deliver your Sandals
We will collect information throughout the campaign for each perk level. When the campaign concludes, July 8, 2013, we will compile the information and contact each donor who has chosen a perk that includes sandals via email. Each donor will receive instructions on how to order the size/type/color of sandals appropriate for their perk level. Then the sandals will be shipped to the address specified.