We believe that good character is the key to young people achieving future goals and being the best that they can be. Download a summary of ReachOut’s Approach to Character Development here.
What is Character Education?
Character is a set of personal traits or dispositions that evoke specific emotions, inform motivation and guide conduct.
Character education is an umbrella term for all explicit and implicit educational activities that helps young people develop positive personal traits called virtues.
(Definition taken from The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues)
Our mentoring programmes help to instil ReachOut’s four character stengths in our young people:
Fairness – to treat others with respect and empathy, honouring rights and responsibilities, and being honest.
Self-Control – the ability to keep emotions in check and to choose to act (or not to act) in a certain way despite how we may feel.
Good Judgement – the ability to consider consequences and make decisions that benefit both ourselves AND those affected by our choice.
Staying Power – resilience, grit, the ability to stick at something, to honour commitments, to see tasks through to the end.
These character strengths complement our academic support as young people gain the staying power to stick to tasks and the self-control to resist distractions.
To achieve good character first takes practice, but eventually becomes habit. We help our young people to do this through by taking them on ReachOut’s Character Journey, helping them to reflect on their own character with their mentors, set “micro-challenges” (small, positive, repeatable actions) to create good habits, and participate in character building group activities such as sport, drama, debating and studying. Read more about the ReachOut’s Character Journey.
We aspire to make a real and long term positive impact on the communities we work in by encouraging young people to volunteer in their local area and eventually to become mentors themselves who go on to change the lives of others.