Vernon Co. Youth Task Force Launches Character Champions Project

NEVADA, Mo. - A task force in southwest Missouri wants to help kids build better lives by reinforcing good character traits.

The Vernon County Youth Task Force launched its "Character Champions" program Wednesday. It highlights traits like responsibility, honesty, and respect. 

While the outreach is using word-of-mouth and a T-shirt campaign, the focus is a Facebook challenge with a wide range of community groups challenging others to get involved.

Brian Leonard is the Nevada mayor and a teacher at Nevada High school, who said, "We need to just remind the community, the adults in the community that there are thousands of little eyes watching you trying to find somebody to be like."

The effort focuses on responsibility this quarter, but will also include respect, honesty, and perseverance in the coming months.

You can find our more at the Vernon County Youth Task Force page by clicking here.


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