TrueSuccess® is helping reverse the culture’s character crisis by inspiring kids with character to unleash their potential in school, work and life. TrueSuccess uniquely provides research-based educational tools that simultaneously equip kids with behavior and literacy skills that are essential to unleash potential. TrueSuccess achieves its mission by annually developing and distributing curriculum, online and printed, for grades K-12, by providing educator training and coaching and by providing administrator support tools that show tool use and impact. Curriculum is organized around virtues/positive behavior skills and highlight engaging, inspiring and impactful lifestories of positive role models who exemplify a virtue/positive behavior skill. Curriculum is developed fresh every school year with new content and lessons. The website SmartCharts provide teacher favorite No Prep Lessons (90+% Ease of Implementation ratings), as well as many, many more tools that total over 3,000 activities, tools and resources.
HISTORY OF SUCCESS
TrueSuccess has been distributed to over 130,000 kids in grades K-12. The first seeds that grew to be TrueSuccess, an educational/ character development program, were sown in 1999. As his oldest of five children entered her adolescent years, founder Bill Heneveld became acutely aware of the extreme negative influence our media and culture can have on our kids’ choices. Mr. Heneveld became passionate about equipping kids with positive behavior skills to make wise choices for their best life. After six years of groundwork TrueSuccess was formally established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2006.
TrueSuccess has grown to provide grade-appropriate educational supplements that simultaneously equip kids, grades K-12, with positive behavior skills and core curriculum (CCSS) skills. The materials are flexible and uses include in-classroom, after-school, mentoring, parenting and at community centers and camps. TrueSuccess curriculum includes interactive tools that engage students with intriguing visuals, inspiring real-life stories of positive role models and other fun, educational activities. As one student said, “TrueSuccess is educational and fun.” The virtue themes of TrueSuccess include the following positive behavior skills: Respect, Responsibility, Gratitude, Self-Control, Grit, Courage, Encouragement, Compassion and Integrity.
At the core of TrueSuccess are its No Prep Lessons which include lifestories and virtue videos. The subjects of the lifestoires are positive role models who provide kids with examples and encouragement to help them overcome life’s challenges. This core TrueSuccess philosophy of using positive role models is summed up well in a quote from Dr. Ben Carson who went from a childhood of dire poverty to become a world-renowned brain surgeon: “Reading biographies of successful people, I realized that I could change my circumstances of poverty by programming my brain with the kind of information that would guarantee academic success. That, I believed, would allow me to choose my own destiny.” -Dr. Ben Carson With the continuing moral decline in America, TrueSuccess continues to be passionate about significantly expanding the number of kids equipped with positive behavior skills to make a difference on the future of our country.