An Educational Group Imparting Values to Children

Cherished Values of the American People Values + Commitment = Character

This is the place to find engaging, enriching, inspiring, and empowering material to develop young people who embody such qualities.

Every group, community, or country will ultimately be defined by its values. Through the values we impart to our young citizens, we determine the future of the country.

On this site, you will see our vision for the future of America and will find materials and methods that will empower you to help shape that vision.


Community & Education

A prime objective of the Cherished Values Character Group is to increase the national high school graduation rate. We have materials and workshops for students, teachers, and parents geared toward that objective.

Two of our books, Understanding and Educating African American Children and What’s Missing in the Education of African American Children, address some of the unique challenges of effectively educating African American children but contain information crucial to educating any child. They have been used with great success by school districts all over the country.

The list below includes many of the places William Jenkins has spoken and promoted the cherished values of the American people:

  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Bryant Business School, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Federal City College, Washington, D.C.
  • Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio
  • Harris Stowe State College, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
  • Mount Holyoke College, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Smith College, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tugaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois .
  • Saint Louis University-St. Louis, Missouri
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Missouri at St. Louis
  • Washington University, Washington, D. C
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri

Essay Contest

America’s World Role Essay Contest: A National Conversation
An Invitation to America’s Youth To Help Shape the Course of the Nation

The Cherished Values Community is made up of schools and other organizations that have committed to the values in the Cherished Values Character program. The community is a growing community and expands with every new group. William Jenkins has lectured nationwide for fifty years, promoting the cherished values of the American people.

In a well-constructed essay of 500 words or fewer, give your views of the role that America should play as the world’s leading superpower. Begin your essay with some historical perspective on America’s position, include information about America’s place in the world in terms of economic and military power, and give clear thoughts on how this power should be used to address the crucial problems on the planet such as poverty, disease, imbalance of wealth, power, natural resources, and climatic conditions. Address the proliferation of nuclear weapons and our responsibility to the United Nations. End your essay with a visionary statement as to a future for the planet if your path for this country is followed.

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