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Characters of Character NFP, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Humanities, Youth Development - Citizenship, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our program is used to establish a firm foundation in which children develop strong civic values.

Target demographics: teach social, emotional, communication and literacy skills

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000 children and different communities

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Children's books, posters, curriculum, character activities

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program continues to help our young children with their character in and out of the classroom. It does "take a village", and this beautiful program should be apart of yours!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Manners Monkey teaching tool booklet is a great way to teach early pragmatic skills to young children. This particular tool is effective because it teaches children the important social language skills related to demonstrating good manners in a variety of social situations, including at home, in public, in the classroom, at a friend’s house, and at the table. This booklet also features a variety of useful tools for teachers, speech-language pathologists, and other developmental specialists to facilitate good social communication/manners, including posters, worksheets, rewards/incentives, and progress reports. Additionally, the booklet contains writing prompts to encourage older children to think critically about manners and how they can be applied to a child’s various environments. The early pragmatic skills taught in the Manners Monkey booklet feature concepts that are essential for children to develop and master to improve language skills and teach important values. Children with communication disorders stemming from a variety of underlying conditions however, often demonstrate particular difficulty acquiring these social language skills. Supplemental teaching tools, such as the Manners Monkey booklet, gives pediatric speech pathologists a simple and fun way to target this area of language during therapy sessions. It also provides clinicians with tools to track progress and encourage carryover to settings outside of the therapy room.

2 Rachel168

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We had the pleasure of having Joni and Characters of Character join our children's carnival event. Joni was so well prepared for the event, with games, crafts, and giveaways planned! Not only did the kids have a great time interacting with her booth, they learned valuable life lessons that are easy for little ones to understand!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has such a heart! The reading materials and coloring books are high quality and super engaging for the little ones. Great organization making a difference in our community.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program isn't just a non profit, it's a way of life for the creator whom I've seen single handedly instill good morals and values in the little lives she teaches. Who wouldn't want their children to be better, more well rounded and kind members of society?

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Characters of character is a great program. It gets children involved with learning about many different behaviors, in a fun and interactive way. I was a teacher and I know that the way kids learn best is through hands on. This program is loved by many many people, not just kids, but adults as well. Love how all the characters are brought to life and the many different activities that go along with it! Keep up the good work characters of character. If you haven't looked into this program, you should! !

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Characters of Character is the most fun learning program I have seen in a long time! We need so badly to teach our children good character models in the day and age we live in. The books and learning materials are bright and interesting and so fun! I highly recommend Characters of Character to every school and learning institution looking for a great program for the children!

Crissy Handley
Caring For You Healthy Living
cfyhealthyliving@charter.net

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Characters of Character is an awe-inspiring organization that puts forth hard work to better the lives of others.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Characters of Character is a wonderful organization helping children to understand core values! The characters make it easy for the kids to relate & it's a fun & engaging way to instill positive traits in children.

2 Victoria50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Characters of Character is a wonderful organization. Joni Downey has devoted her life to bettering the lives of all children. The program teaches children to be better people, and teaches self esteem. The characters are adorable and children seem to love them. Thank God we still have people who truly want to make the world a better place, one child at a time.

2 Betty47

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Joni, Is a remarkable leader and teacher, In my fifteen years of teaching I have never met anyone quite as amazing as Joni is with her non-profit enterprise. She not only wrote her curriculum but she has animal costumes to help young children connect with a certain character trail, Behavior Bear, is just one of the characters she shows kids .
Most importantly this program benefits all young children to be in learning, .Like Respectful Rabbit would say: think of others before yourself. Every pre-school through first grader would benefit from her program.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Due to her teaching background she is very passionate about helping young children with their moral compass. By starting Characters of Character as a charitable organization shows that she has taken the next step in putting her dreams into action. I highly recommend Joni as a business person and someone that is dedicating her life to helping children.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My granddaughter loves the characters! She has done several if the activities and is learning important lessons while having fun.
I would love to see Characters of Character in schools across the country- and in home school groups.

2 Ruth51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Characters of Character is a wonderful non-profit childrens character education program.

The passion that is put into this program shows in the faces of all the children that it helps.

It is a pleasure to volunteer for such a good organization.

2 Terry63

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We need Characters of Character in every curriculum! Great program!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have know Joni and family for many years. She is very passionate about her work, and not only talks the talk; but, does the walk too!

3 Beatrice P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Characters of Character offers a variety of services and tools to everyone-from teachers to parents to social workers- to help them instill core values into children. As a volunteer for the organization from the very beginning I have seen the impact that the Characters have on children and how easy the Characters make it for children to relate to them. They provide an outlet for children of all ages to express themselves in a positive manner!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teaching our children strong core values is essential today and I cant think of a more engaging, empowering and effective way to teach our children than with the Characters of Character. I've witnessed so many kids hugging, talking and understanding the characters at so many community events, classroom visits, fundraisers, libraries and more. I've witnessed parents and educators alike thanking Joni the creator for working so hard on sharing her organization, characters, books, curriculum, posters, games and knowledge to help teach our children good character. Nothing makes Joni happier than helping our children to understand these character;, Behavior Bear, Do'er Duck, Friendship Frog, Healthy Hippo, Manners Monkey, Respectful Rabbit, Responsible Rabbit, Self-Esteem Elephant and Warm-Hearted would love to meet you, too!

2 Noreen3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Characters of Character program founded by Ms. Joni Downey has been a great tool in teaching our young preschool children about good manners, good character and healthy habits for life. We have enjoyed several visits by "Manners Monkey" or "Behavior Bear" and the children loved it. Ms. Joni exemplifies professionalism and great character in all she does. I highly recommend her program and positive message for our young children. It is greatly needed in a world where there is so much negativity, bullying and violence. The "Characters of Character" is a must for all early childhood educators and young families.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Met Joni in Schaumburg at a children's convention. Wonderful lady, wonderful organization! Got the Let's Be books. Kids love them!