Transforming the world is a daunting task. However, anyone has the power to spark change. Those who are brave enough to try can create small ripples that would eventually send in big waves of positive changes. And taking heed of such a challenge, Harper for Kids (HFK) has ignited a revolution that continues to touch lives from across the country.
For Harper for Kids, nothing is more rewarding than being able to positively impact a child’s life. Seeing the precious smiles of the children is fuel enough for the organization to carry on. And in a world where self-interest is often prioritized, it is a relief to know that service-oriented entities like HFK still exist.
Bullying and negative behavior are two of the most prevalent problems in schools. But with high-quality character education, such dangers and dilemmas can be addressed. This is where HFK steps in to make a difference.
Harper for Kids Character Education program is based on legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success.” By partnering with K-12 schools and implementing the Pyramid of Success into the students’ Character Education, HFK, together with educators, is nurturing the foundation of good, positive character that will help students be successful in all areas of their lives.
Co-founded by spouses Tim and Peanut Louie Harper, Harper for Kids has shown remarkable growth over the past decade as it has reached over 76,000 youth in 150 schools. It serves a high majority of students from low-income families and Title 1 schools. And because of the founders’ exceptional vision, the organization takes on a unique perspective in carrying out its mission.
The duo’s journey toward Harper for Kids began shortly after Peanut collaborated with Coach Wooden on his children’s book, Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success, along with his co-author, Steve Jamison. During Coach Wooden’s book signings to promote the book, teachers would tell him that they were using it as a teaching tool to instruct their students about character education through his Pyramid of Success.
Because of the teachers’ great feedback and the pressing need for an effective character education program, Tim and Peanut founded Harper for Kids in 2008 to introduce Coach Wooden’s philosophy of success to more kids, parents, and teachers.
Harper for Kids believes that the ability to afford strong character education should not be a factor in determining who can have access to it. For this reason, the program is offered to the organization’s partner K-12 schools for free. The said program includes an extraordinary array of support, such as holding teacher workshops, procuring materials, and conducting in-person and virtual school-wide presentations.
Harper for Kids brings in top tier special guests from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and careers (including Olympic champions, professional athletes, scientists, firemen, artists, and more). This diversity is intended to inspire the students to think about the many career opportunities out there to envision for themselves. By meeting these role models, the students learn how a strong foundation of character has helped them be successful not only in their careers, but in all areas of their life.
In its thirteenth year, Harper for Kids brings valuable life lessons that have helped thousands of K-12 students. By inspiring students to focus on good character and positive behavior, schools have reported a decrease in numbers of bullying and negative behavior incidents. With everything that HFK stands for and believes in, it has inspired people to rise up to the challenge of making the world a better place. And as one of the foremost advocates of Education and equity, the cause-driven organization has become a beacon of hope and strength.
Life is one tough battle. However, Harper for Kids is empowering students with the tools to help them navigate through challenging times. As one teacher shared: “I think that character matters more now than ever for our students. They need to see that challenges won’t last forever, but character always lasts. If you have good character traits developed in your life, you will be able to withstand the challenges that life throws at you.”
Grounded on compassion and anchored in altruism, the organization invites everyone to join in its movement for humanity.
To know more about Harper for Kids, you may visit its website.