One of the key tenets of the Character Formation Project is that character formation must take place in a context greater than the individual. In the Character Formation Project: Civic Context, the larger context is rooted in the human freedoms which preserve life and liberty for all. The Civic Context materials use the human freedoms listed in the Declaration of Independence as the greater context.
The Character Formation Project: Civic Context is built on the belief that character formation is a deeply personal process that often involves challenge, pain and struggle. Character can be achieved not only through personal experience; it can also be achieved through engagement with powerful narratives of struggle and growth.
American history and literature are rich with stories of struggle and growth. As students journey through this program, these powerful narratives will in time become the students’ own stories. They begin to form character in a way that is tightly linked to their own identity – character that is internally driven and able to drive behavior and choices.