About the Empowered Program
Empowered focuses on adolescents in middle school, from the ages of 11 to 14 years old. Adolescence is a time of rapid change. These changes create a key window of opportunity for adolescents to explore who they want to be, what they want out of life, and how they want to be in their world. In other words, they are developing character.
The goal of Empowered is for youth to develop character traits that lead to a good life for them and their community—also called virtues. The program creates a structure for teachers to come alongside adolescents and provide scaffolding for their virtue development.
Specifically, we hope that these modules, which can be implemented in any order, will prompt adolescents to explore how they can build a good life by living consistently with what we call big values—something bigger than what we can see that helps us hold onto who we can be.
These modules focus on