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OUR KEY INITIATIVES

Buffalo Public School District's Character Development Initiative

CITRS and CHARACTER COUNTS! have partnered to implement a groundbreaking three-year comprehensive character development initiative in 21 Buffalo Public School District (BPSD) schools. The overarching goal of the initiative is to cultivate ethical, respectful, and caring school environments, in which students can thrive and succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Approximately 14,000 pre-K – 12 students in the City of Buffalo are benefiting from this initiative, as well as teachers, parents, and the surrounding community. The initiative is being implemented locally by three Mentors/Coaches in Buffalo, three members of the CITRS staff located in Philadelphia, and three members of the CC! national staff.

According to the independent, external evaluator, Community Connections of New York (CCNY), "it is impressive that the majority of parents, faculty, staff, and students recognize the importance of the initiative. This buy-in will provide a solid basis for the impact and effectiveness of the initiative going forward."

Independence Mission School's Character Development Initiative 

CITRS has partnered with Character Counts! to provide Philadelphia’s 15 Independence Mission Schools (IMS) with a three-year comprehensive character development initiative.  The goal of the initiative is to create a culture and climate of character through the development of a wide range of academic, social, and emotional skills and character traits in students. It ties into and enhances the schools’ faith-based initiatives and provides an innovative on-the-ground mentoring, coaching, and training model.

University of Pennsylvania

CITRS is serving the University of Pennsylvania’s Athletic Department in a consulting and advisory capacity. CITRS is helping Penn Athletics in its character and leadership initiative for student athletes. The goal is to develop excellence in character and leadership for student athletes, coaches, and administrators, while becoming a model for Division I collegiate sports programs in the nation. CITRS’s role is:

  • Strategic planning

  • Developing key character components

  • Conducting surveys

  • Advising senior administrators

  • Meeting with coaches and student athletes

  • Character-related professional development

New York Junior Tennis and Learning

NYJTL is one of the New York City’s largest youth organizations, serving 75,000 young people throughout the Five Boroughs of New York City. Its mission is “to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court.” CITRS provides NYJTL with comprehensive character development resources in order to help the organization live out its mission. Through CITRS’s organizational consulting, professional development, curriculum development, and character-related resources, NYJTL has successfully developed and implemented an award-winning, out-of-school, comprehensive character development initiative. In October 2017, NYJTL was certified by Character.org as one of the nation’s first “National Sports Organization of Character.”