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Jim's Character Resource Center
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Character Development Programs
Explore Jim's character-development programs and workshops, as well as other programs and resources on the web

Perspectives on Parenting Column
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Samples for Your Review

This page contains a combination of free video, audio, electronic, and print resources that are designed to introduce you to myself as a speaker, as well as provide you with some materials to try out with youth. If you like them, I hope you'll visit the Resource Center or contact me about programs and resources that might help you build character and improve achievement in your school, home, or business.

Video: Watch Jim delivering his youth character development program, Toward Higher Ground (recorded as a DVD in spring 2007 and delivered for a group of student teachers at Eastern Illinois University). Note that the program lasts 60 minutes, so is divided here into seven parts. Just click on the links to the parts below:

Part 1
Part 2

Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

Video: Watch a clip of Jim sharing a humorous anecdote about discipline and his own children. (run time: 2:24).

Audio: Listen to Jim talking about self-esteem and self-respect. (run time: 10:02).

Electronic: View a sample from Jim's Teachable Moments CD (you will need PowerPoint to view this sample; free viewer available from Microsoft).

Print: Read Toward Higher Ground: A Parent Primer for Building Character in Youth (note that this material is copyrighted and license is only granted for you to view this document yourself and print one copy for personal use; any other use without written consent is prohibited by law). Note that the document is set up to be printed and assembled as a booklet. If viewing online, look for page numbers at the bottoms of pages so that you are reading it in the order in which it was intended to be read.