The Center engages in research, education and advocacy to foster the development of character, democratic citizenship and civil society. Funded by grants, individual donations, and through corporate and foundation support, the Center focuses on generating and disseminating both knowledge and research pertaining to how individuals develop moral and civic character. By providing scholars, educators and social organizations with the tools they need to contribute to this development, the Center plays the role of a think tank, offering workshops, consulting, and professional development. The Center also provides resources and tool kits to assist educators, parents and scholars in character and citizenship education.
The Center’s core programs include: the Leadership Academy in Character Education, Youth Empowerment in Action!, Kids Voting Missouri, Missouri Youth Engaged in Local Government, and the Journal of Research in Character Education. These, along with other programs, serve hundreds of schools, educators and students locally, nationally and internationally.