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National Leadership Academy

for High School Students

Made possible by a grant from The School for Ethical Education

In January (2022), high school students across the United States joined Character.org’s inaugural Leadership Academy. Once a month the students met virtually, learning about and practicing the leadership skills to lead themselves, to lead others, and to lead change.

The title of their campaign is #YourCoreValues. 

Altogether, the students filmed over 150 people (ages 10-90) and asked each person to respond to three questions: 

  • What is one quote you repeat to yourself that helps you to be your best self?
  • When it comes to living your core values, what would you say to your 10-year-old self?
  • What do you want your character legacy to be?

The students and staff members at Character.org compiled the responses to create short 45-second inspirational messages that are being posted on TikTok and Instagram throughout the month of June. 

Click here to sample a few of the videos created by the students.

National Leadership Academy
“Character Crew”

Click on a photo to learn more about each student, including how they personally responded to one of their three questions.

Andy

Georgia

Aurora

New York

Brayden

Georgia

Carson

Georgia

Dani

Missouri

Enjoli

Alabama

Kylie

Georgia

Lily

Georgia

Matthew

New Jersey

Nitika

Texas

Taureen

Pennsylvania

Other Character Crew members include: Anthony, Brynn, Carly, Emily, Freddie, Jevaun, Maddie, Spencer, and Zach.

To find out how a student at your high school can join Character.org’s National Leadership Academy, contact Dr. Debra Cohen.

It’s been terrific to give students the opportunity to create a social media campaign where they can use their collective voice to bring a positive message about a core value to the world.
Dr. Debra Cohen

John Winthrop Wright Director of Ethical Education