Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation - ripkenfoundation.org
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people living in America's most distressed communities through baseball and softball themed programs.
Rachel’s Challenge and the Cal Ripkin, Sr. Foundation are working together to promote kindness and compassion in middle school and high school sports programs. The first project is Rise Above Bullying, an educator handbook with activities and short discussion lessons to replace bullying behavior with kindness and respect. The handbook is part of the Ripkin Healthy Choice, Healthy Children year round program. Click HERE to learn how to get Rise Above Bullying and the Healthy Choices, Healthy Children program.
KICKSTART KIDS - www.kick-start.org
KICKSTART KIDS is a non-profit organization with a mission to build strong moral character in our youth through martial arts. We provide a program that replaces many missing elements in our students’ lives by offering a mentoring role model, a greater chance to succeed in reaching their goals, and developing discipline through physical & mental conditioning. Most importantly, KICKSTART KIDS gives our students hope for their futures and an opportunity to believe in themselves.
NATIONAL CHARACTER EDUCATION CENTER - www.ethicsusa.org
The National Character Education Center (NCEC) is the global leader in Value Based Education (VBE). NCEC not only provides thousands of schools with solutions and strategies for developing value driven students through their online newsletter and "Code for the Road" blog, but also provides curriculum consulting and development for the Rachel’s Challenge elementary, middle school and secondary programs. In addition, they also provide guidance for the professional development programs for educators through the Rachel’s Challenge Professional Development Programs.
Gene Bedley, the founder and executive director of NCEC was chosen as the National Educator of the Year as well as the Milken Educator. Gene also works closely with Rachel’s Challenge as the chairperson for the Rachel’s Challenge, National Advisory Board. This board consists of nationally recognized individuals who are committed to advancing Rachel’s Challenge mission and message.
WHY TRY? - www.whytry.org
Why Try is a highly innovative and successful intervention program designed to teach educators, counselors, law enforcement and social workers how to effectively reach students previously viewed as unreachable. Why Try programs reach the smaller percentage of non-performing, non-compliant, non-engaged students, as well as students with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. Rachel’s Challenge and Why Try work together to promote each other’s missions and programs. The Why Try Program is now in use in over 4,000 schools, 500 school districts in 48 States, Canada and Australia. It has now been demonstrated in a variety of research settings to reduce truancy, improve academic success, and increase graduation rates.
Why Try Founder Christian Moore has become a internationally renowned speaker, addressing over 100 conferences and workshops each year. The Why Try organization has a single aim of helping people overcome their challenges and achieve success for the rest of their lives.
VALUES.COM Foundation For A Better Life - www.values.com
Foundation For A Better Life is dedicated to promoting integrity, courage and kindness by producing and distributing high quality public service announcements on TV and on radio. It’s Vaules.com Quote of the Day has millions of subscribers. It has sponsored the largest billboard campaign in history; spreading their positive messages to millions of people in airports and other high traffic locations around the world. Rachel’s Challenge is the exclusive school-based program that Foundation For A Better Life works with; allowing unlimited access to their professionally produced posters, daily quotes, and PSA’s. All Foundation materials are used free of charge in Rachel’s Challenge presentations, Friends of Rachel (FOR) Clubs and Elementary Programs including the KC Clubs.
BRANDMAN UNIVERSITY - www.brandman.edu
Brandman University is one of the leading providers of graduate-level elective credits for educators wishing to continue their education or meet their ongoing professional certification requirements. Rachel’s Challenge partners with Brandman to offer Rachel’s Challenge Professional Development courses through the Brandman program for graduate elective credit. Brandman also provides on-site training credits, and graduate credits, for classes offered at the Rachel’s Challenge annual Summit and conference. Brandman University is formally known as Chapman University.
The Jason Foundation - www.jasonfoundation.com
Jason Flatt was a typical 16 year-old student. He loved sports and played on his high school football team. He was active in his church youth group and had lots of friends. From all appearances, he loved life. Then, on July 16, 1997, Jason became a statistic of the "silent epidemic" of youth suicide. The Jason Foundation was founded in 1997 by Jason’s family to address this national health problem. Today, JFI is one of the nation’s leading clinically based non-profit organizations for the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. JFI programs are based on the "Triangle of Prevention" model involving parents, educators/youth workers and youth themselves.
JFI has offices in all 50 states and some foreign countries. An extensive list of programs are free to schools and groups who contract with JFI.
BELO BROADCASTING - www.belo.com
One of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, owns and operates 20 television stations and their associated websites. Belo Stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households. The company has leveraged its local television assets to create regional cable news channels in Texas, the Northwest and Arizona.
Belo stations are featuring Rachel’s Challenge in Spokane, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Dalas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, St. Louis, Louisville, Norfolk, and Charlotte.
WFAA - Dallas, TX
WFAA-TViIn Dallas Fort Worth has been responsible for featuring on-going stories and events about Rachel Challenge programs in area schools for over two years. News Director Michael Valentine currently serves on Rachel’s Challenge National Advisory board. WFAA is part of the Belo Broadcasting family.
KTVK - Boise, ID www.ktvb.com
NBC affiliate KTVB in Boise, Idaho provided over 1,750 PSA spots and hosted a city-wide event at the 11,000 seat Idaho Center. Doug Armstrong and his staff created and aired a number of creative commercials about Rachel’s writings and legacy. He has also been instrumental in opening doors to additional NBC affiliates in different parts of America. KTVK is also owned by Belo Broadcasting.
WXIA - 11Alive - Atlanta, GA www.11alive.com
11 Alive has featured stories about Rachel’s Challenge and has encouraged local schools to host the program. 11Aive and Home Depot hosted the largest Rachel’s Rally ever on November 11, 2011 with more than 20,000 attending the celebration in the Georgia Dome.
WFTV - Orlando, FL www.wftv.com
ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando partnered with a variety of businesses in donating PSA spots for Rachel’s Challenge events throughout central Florida. They also sponsored a Rachel's Challenge float in the Orlando Citrus Parade and provided billboards promoting school events throughout the region.
OWL CITY - www.owlcitymusic.com
Adam Young of Owl City has been a fan of Rachel’s Challenge since hearing Rachel’s story. He has visited the Rachel’s Challenge office and created videos to encourage students to start their own chain reaction.