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character education emPowers

Character…the essential soft skills employers are looking for in the workforce.

e2-education-emPowers_RCharacter education is all about raising the awareness of and strengthening core ethical values and moral character traits that positively impact individuals and communities. Learning key terms and practicing positive character traits in real life allows youth and adults, alike, the opportunity to grow and thrive in their relationships with others at home, school, work and the community.

character education emPowers® is a program of the (e2) education emPowers® initiative, a region wide effort of Heartland Foundation and its Healthy Communities Regional Investor Partners convening business, education, government, healthcare, and other citizens who aspire to build collaborative and innovative strategies to advance educational attainment and lifelong learning.

Feel free to download and post any of the following 8.5″ x 11″ posters or brochures. The three different versions of posters – Mosaic, Photo, and Cartoon – were created by local students and interns. Click here to learn more about their stories. You can feed the posters through your printer a second time to add your own logo and/or message to the bottom-left of the poster!

Download our brochure here

Interested in receiving and sharing a Character Trait-of-the Week with a fun photo on social media? Find us on Facebook at @HeartlandFoundation and Like us to follow in, and share from, your news feed!

Thank you for helping to spread the message that character education emPowers!

Character Traits-of-the-Month

Mosaic Posters




Photo Posters


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Cartoon Posters

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