The Foundation invests in youth-serving organizations in California and across the nation that are committed to using data to improve and sustain at scale the character development practices of adult staff and volunteers.
The Foundation engages with youth development partners to identify promising adult practices that build youth character, and helps these organizations translate this knowledge into trainings and professional development for adult staff and volunteers.
Because the role of teachers, youth workers, and volunteer mentors can be pivotal in developing strong character, the Foundation focuses on supporting effective adult practice to impact good character outcomes in young people.
It's too early to see if that pans out, though it would be nice. Lewis described as the American Adam": “an individual emancipated from history, happily bereft of ancestry, untouched and undefiled by the usual inheritances of family and race; an individual standing alone, self-reliant and self-propelling, ready to confront whatever awaited him with the aid of his own unique and inherent resources.” (Dargis and Scott also align Katniss with James Fenimore Cooper's Natty Bumppo, an independent loner who defends the frontier but is never truly part of it.) But isn't an individual standing alone, "self-reliant and self-propelling, ready to confront whatever awaited him [or her] with the aid of his own unique and inherent resources" exactly what a good young adult novel character IS?