Join us for Character Day 2017!

Join us and millions around the globe for the fourth annual Character Day on September 13th! There are already over 70,000 groups signed up to participate in this global conversation about the importance of developing and improving character (qualities like empathy, curiosity, grit, humility, bravery, social responsibility, and many more). We provide short engaging films on the science of character (including a new film that will premiere on Character Day!), robust printed Discussion Kits, an online Character (Every) Day resource hub and mobile app, and a Global Q&A featuring amazing leaders and educators talking about the importance of character from all different perspectives. Scroll down for more information.

You can join as a whole company or a department, an entire school district or individual classroom, a library or museum, a family or even an individual. Everyone is invited, and participation is free! It takes 2 mins to sign up and you can join in on the conversation via social media using the hashtag #CultivatingCharacter.

Character Day 2017 is September 13.


Highlights from Character Day 2016!

93,000 unique events
125 countries
All 50 states
A Global LiveCast Q&A
One theme:



Join our Webinar

Aug 24

InspirEd, Born this Way Foundation, VIA Institute, and Character Day would like to bring you a 45 minute webinar where we will discuss how to implement free tools and practices within your school communities that foster a greater sense of kindness and empathy towards others. Please sign up and join us on August 24th at 12:00pm PST.

Sign up for Webinar

Become a Character Day Ambassador

Want to meet like-minded thought leaders around the globe? Passionate about infusing the world with character and ways to develop character? Want to maximize the potential of your Character Day involvement? Join the brand-new Character Day Ambassador program. This includes as little or as much time commitment as you are able to give. We will be hosting monthly conference calls where you can learn more about this global movement and how you can participate. Everyone on the calls will be brainstorming ideas of what they will be doing Character Day on Sept 13th and their work beyond it. Our 2nd call will be on Wednesday, September 6th at 1pm PST. Please sign up here and we will send you the dial in instructions. You may also join our Character Day Ambassadors Facebook group.

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Watch Our Character Day Films

We’re premiering a brand new film on Character Day this year! Stay tuned for details. In addition to the new film, groups will be screening any or all of the three Character Day flagship films, including The Science of Character (8 min), which explores the neuroscience and social science behind character development, and how we can shape who we are and who we want to be; The Adaptable Mind (11 min), which explores the skills we need to flourish in the 21st Century; and The Making of a Mensch (10 min), which takes the science we explored in The Science of Character and reframes it through the lens of the great Jewish teachings of The Mussar tradition. All films are translated into subtitles in Arabic, Chinese, English Captions, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. We will also be featuring a fantastic lineup of additional films from our partners.

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Films From Our Partners

partner-films(Great for a Younger Audience)

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Discussion Questions and Online Resources

These robust printed Discussion Kits include a poster of the Periodic Table of Character Strengths and a deck of conversation cards with questions for all ages and all types of groups. Once you sign up, you will receive an email to order their printed Discussion Kits in July. There will also be online materials available.


Best Practices and Sample Activities

Whether you are a company, school, congregation or individual, we have many different ideas to share how to make your Character Day a success! We have provided you with sample agendas, best practices, and other activities that may help supplement your screening. We hope that you find this helpful and if you have individual questions please do not hesitate to email the Director of Partners and Engagement, Makenzie Darling at

Character (Every) Day Resource Hub

The Character (Every) Day resource hub features over 5,000 curated books, films, articles, websites, organizations, lesson plans, and podcasts to help strengthen character. You can search by age, type of person/organization, type of media, or specific character strength.


Download Character (Every) Day Mobile App!


The Character (Every) Day mobile app brings the 5,000 resources to mobile! It also includes additional features, such as the ability to save and share lists (articles to read on the train; movies to watch with family; etc). Share this resource with others via social media using the hashtag #CultivatingCharacter.

DOWNLOAD FOR Iphones and Androids

Watch Videos of Global LiveCast

Watch videos from all of the amazing experts that participated in the Global LiveCast Q&A, talking about positive psychology, education, character development, and more.

We will be announcing the 2017 Speaker Lineup in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Character Day Partners

An enormous thank you to the amazing partners who help expand this initiative and cultivate character around the globe!