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Focus on Character (available in English and Spanish)

Focus on Character CD includes 4-H Focus on Character for 4-H clubs and Focus on Character for youth groups that includes the same content without the 4-H references. Both of these versions are available in English and Spanish on this CD. Each set includes a leader guide with eight meeting plans for introducing important character traits. The meeting plans were developed around the Josephson Institute of Ethics’ Six Pillars of Character™: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. There are also meeting plans for Welcome to Character and Decision Making. Each meeting plan gives background on the topic of the lesson, a tie between the topic and life skills, roll call ideas, group activities to introduce the topic, recreation suggestions, relationships between the topic and 4-H projects and activities (4-H version only), community service ideas, a challenge, a quotation, a calendar, a family piece to send home, a news release and a newsletter article. Files may be printed for duplication for all 4-H clubs and youth groups wanting to use Focus on Character. Support materials include a promotional brochure, an evaluation tool, and character-related ceremonies. All files are PDF except the Powerpoint slide presentation and Microsoft Word Lesson Plan for training purposes. To order send a check payable to the University of Illinois for $40.00 to State 4-H Office, 302 East John Street, #1901, Champaign, IL 61820.