Free Character Education Program

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Free Yes Pa Character Education Downloads

Free downloads for Yes Pa book in English or Spanish and Teacher Resource Guides that meet State Standards in English, Language and Arts

Fred Sarkis Yes Pa Foundation is a not-for-profit organization offering a free character education program for for schools, mentoring organizations, youth corrections and home use that works. Over the past 19 years, volunteer professionals in character education, prevention, and research have contributed to the success of the Yes Pa program, including Dr. Tom Lickona and Phil Vincent, national leaders in character education.

The right to print the program includes the right to print quantities of the Yes Pa book, an adaptation of the Prisoner of the Truck biography of Fred Sarkis. Questions at the end of each Yes Pa chapter involve the student, teacher, parent, or mentor.

This three-pronged approach, outlined in a 6-week program, allows reasonable time to encourage critical dialog between all 3.

In addition, the program provides a free Teachers' Resource Guide that offers a multitude of activities that enhance the character messages in Yes Pa, as well as assist in meeting the state academic standards. At the end, a free 30-minute DVD video, with emphasis on the three 5-minute conversations Fred had with his warden-father, reinforce the positive lessons in the Yes Pa book.

Students read Yes Pa as part of their English Language Arts and/or Social Studies curriculum. This 6-week, 4-step program is research-proven to be very successful in middle schools, and mentors in youth programs, including prisons for youthful offenders. In the study of ethics, Yes Pa is also now being embraced by colleges and universities.

The Recommended 4 Steps

The freely available Yes Pa Character Education program is fast becoming an important segment in International Character Education Programs.

Step 1 - Download the Free Yes Pa program material and Teacher Study Guide. The Teacher Study Guide is flexible and spares the teacher significant time in the preparation process.

Step 2 - Seek advice of your printer on the lowest cost approach for printing multiple copies or read the PDF copy on school computers, video screens, or smart boards.

Step 3 - The program is most effective when students are allowed to take a copy home. One chapter at a time, the student asks the parent for 20 minutes of quality time to read and discuss questions at the end of each chapter. Over the six-week program, there are only 11 chapters. This is less than four hours of parental involvement for the entire book. The lessons in Yes Pa are also a helpful learning experience for parents and teachers in their own lives.

Step 4 - We highly recommended bringing Fred into the classroom or into your home. Take advantage of school videos or smart board technology.