AWAKEN each student to their strength of character
CONFRONT each student with the high-stakes choices before them
CHALLENGE each student to forge a positive vision for themselves
EMPOWER each student with the skills to succeed
INSPIRE each student to become their own hero
“IT CHANGED MY LIFE—SPIRIT SERIES!”
— Dominika Peikos, 7th Grade
IMAGINE… THIS STUDENT MULTIPLIED BY MILLIONS
EVERY SCHOOL transformed by a culture of shared values and academic excellence
A GENERATION equipped to become successful and civic adults
AMERICAN K-12 EDUCATION reinvented for the 21st century
40,000 students in Los Angeles and New England have already shared this dream. With your help, it can become a reality across America.
“POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE. SPIRIT SERIES IS A BLEND OF THE TRUE, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE GOOD”
— Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education
EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD STORY
Since the beginning of time, humankind has harnessed the profound power of storytelling to create meaning and instill values. SPIRIT SERIES stands proudly in that ancient tradition, teaching wisdom as well as knowledge to students at a critical crossroads in their lives. Through sustained engagement with these powerful hero-stories, each child builds a lifetime identification with core human values that speak to their very deepest concerns.
“THE MOST FRUITFUL TIME TO TRANSFORM PESSIMISTIC CHILDREN INTO OPTIMISTIC ONES IS BEFORE PUBERTY, BUT LATE ENOUGH IN CHILDHOOD SO THEY ARE METACOGNITIVE [ABLE TO THINK ABOUT THINKING].”
— Martin Seligman, “Learned Optimism”
THE SERIES CONNECTS…
Offering students a rigorous, high-stakes, dramatically compelling vehicle through which to express their natural desire to succeed. By meeting the SPIRIT SERIES challenge—completing the many demanding tasks required to successfully bring these one-act “inspirational biographies” to performance, participants strive for academic excellence, forge a positive vision for themselves, and begin to become their own heroes.