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Character First

In 1992, Tom Hill, COO of Kimray, Inc. an oil and gas equipment controls company, developed and piloted the CHARACTER FIRST!® program in his organization. After only the second year, they were amazed to see a substantial increase in morale, an 80% decrease in workers' compensation, and a 25% increase in profits, even though the market was depressed. Today, Kimray employees have more than just a job; they are now representatives of a new way of doing business. In 1997, the Character First! Education curriculum was brought to life through the commitment and vision of public school and police officials to address the real issues of today's youth. CHARACTER FIRST!® Education, together with CHARACTER FIRST!® Corporate and IACC are all under the direction of the Character Training Institute.

International Association of Character Cities

The International Association of Character Cities (IACC) was formed in 1998 to equip government and community leaders with the tools they need to effect lasting, positive change in their cities. IACC provides resources, training, contacts, and counsel to leaders committed to character development. Elkhart, Greenfield, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Shipshewana, Vigo County, and La Grange County have joined over 100 cities and counties nationwide in launching a community-wide character initiative.

Character Council of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is a nonprofit, non-religious 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2000. The Council is devoted to promoting good character in order to improve the lives of our residents and enrich the spirit of our community. The Council joins organizations in more than 100 cities, in association with the International Association of Character Cities, that have pledged to encourage good character. Founding leaders of the Character Council include Michael Daly, Phil Heimlich, Susan Bell, Michael Ellison, John Pierce and Roger Griggs. Football Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz is the Character Council's spokesperson.

Established in 1991, Family First is a non-profit research and communication organization dedicated to strengthening the family. Because of generous financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations, Family First has had the opportunity to promote family-strengthening principles for over a decade. Through the following programs and resources, we’re now reaching across America…and the world.

All Pro Dad is the ultimate resource for men who want to become better fathers. This program offers practical fathering assistance--updated daily--available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. At the heart of the program is the All Pro Dad Team. Its members include active NFL players and coaches, and retired NFL standouts. Through TV, radio spots and 2,000 nationwide billboards, these men will speak to fathers about their most important job…being a dad. The team will also direct men to AllProDad.com where fathers will be just a click away from the vital resources that will help them really connect with their kids.

The mission of the PTC is to bring America’s demand for positive, family-oriented television programming to the entertainment industry. The PTC agrees that parents have the greatest responsibility when it comes to monitoring the viewing habits of their children, but the PTC challenges actors, writers, producers, musicians, game-makers and advertisers to get serious about the vital role they play in shaping America's culture.

The Center for Character Development is designed to serve as a clearinghouse and resource center for parents, teachers, community leaders - anyone who would like to learn how to make good character a part of every classroom and help to build community coalitions that provide clear, consistent messages on developing good character. In order to provide the highest level of support, the Center for Character Development coordinates with parents, teachers, businesses, faith-based institutions and others to help individual communities implement character programs that work for them.



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