Friends of Nick develops and delivers character-building programs in partnership with inner-city middle schools in order to encourage core character concepts and purposeful conversation within the classroom and family.
Our program is rooted in the use of intentional character language. Inspired by the wisdom found in Nick Forstmann’s book, What Really Matters, and the profound experience of our inner-city schools and families, Friends of Nick works with students, teachers and parents to introduce character-building and intentional language into the classroom and home.
Intentional language is an effective tool that fosters sharing experience and life stories, identifying strengths and particular struggles, and envisioning the tools needed to succeed in life. Furthermore, conversations about what really matters emerge and encourage the best in the members of our school communities. Students work to understand, commit and exemplify key character concepts, such as “courage,” “integrity,” “compassion”, “friendship” and “perseverance.” These character words and principles form the basis of our exercises and workshops, and engage students, parents, teachers and principals.
Humility and Sense of Humor
Give of Yourself