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Free Spirit Publishing
Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social and emotional health. Free Spirit helps children and teens think for themselves, succeed in life, and make a difference in the world.

Alliance for Youth
Founded after the U.S. presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997, this organization is committed to fulfilling five promises to American youth: Every child needs caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, marketable skills and opportunities to serve. This collaborative network includes resources, information and opportunities for involvement.

National Mentoring Partnership
This organization provides connections, training, resources and advice to introduce and support mentoring partnerships. The site is a wealth of information about becoming and finding a mentor.

Search Institute
Through dynamic research and analysis, this independent nonprofit organization works to promote healthy, active and content youth and communities.

Connect for Kids
This site provides tips, articles, resources, volunteer opportunities and more for adults who want to improve the lives of children in their community and beyond. Includes Richard Louv’s 101 Things You Can Do For Our Children’s Future.

National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC)
The NYLC brings kids, educators and community leaders together to make sure that kids are seen, heard and actively involved in community organizations and decision-making.
Includes discussion questions, learning activities, writing assignments and other useful resources for educators. Recommended by the Parents’ Choice Foundation.  

Center for the 4th & 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility)  

A regional, state and national resource in character education, founded by Thomas Lickona, Ph.D. Subscribe to the free online newsletter.  

Children Lead 
A division for, this site offers daily tips and informative articles about parenting for character and leadership.

The Giraffe Project
The Giraffe Project works to inspire K-12 students to be courageous, active citizens. Its site includes helpful resources and extraordinary stories about heroes of all ages who are willing to stick out their necks to help others.

National Education Association–Help for parents

When parents are involved in their children’s education, kids do better in school. Here’s advice from experts on how to help your child achieve and succeed. Includes guides for parents on understanding testing; helping your child with reading, math and science; and getting involved in your child’s school.

Character Counts
The purpose of Character Counts is to fortify the lives of young people with ethical values called the “Six Pillars of Character.” These values, which transcend divisions of race, creed, politics, gender and wealth, are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

PTO Today
Founded June 1, 1999, PTO Today Inc. has established itself in the center of the parent-group world as a valuable resource for parent-group leaders and as a reliable connection between those leaders and parent-group marketers. With a focus on providing the expertise parent-group leaders need and the programs and services that can help them help their schools, PTO Today has built the only connection to all K-8 parent-group leaders.