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About Us

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Activation Youth Education is an educational non-profit through Leader's Edge, Inc., a 501(c)3. Activation Youth Education develops character and leadership development courses for students in private and public education. Our proven effective character values curriculum targets grades 6-8. 

"Our mission is to empower students through Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to help them succeed academically, emotionally, and socially, fostering resilience, self-awareness, and healthy relationships."

Leader's Edge, Inc. mobilizes business and community leaders to transform their own backyard with character values. We identify leaders from all arenas of society – business, medical, education, faith-based community and philanthropist. Together we assist in launching regional transformational initiatives, without caring who gets the credit.

In today's dynamic and ever-changing world, the role of character and values in shaping the next generation cannot be overstated. Activation Youth Education recognizes the crucial need to instill a values-based education in students, as they are the future leaders, thinkers, and doers of society. This approach is not only forward-thinking but also deeply impactful, as it aims to nurture individuals who are not just academically proficient but also morally grounded and socially responsible.

Character, often defined as the moral and ethical qualities that define an individual, is the bedrock upon which a person's values are built. It encompasses traits such as integrity, honesty, responsibility, and resilience. Developing a strong character is essential for navigating life's challenges and uncertainties. It empowers students to make sound decisions, build healthy relationships, and persevere through adversity.

Values are the guiding principles that influence a person's choices, behavior, and outlook on life. Activation Youth Education's curriculum takes a holistic approach to education by emphasizing the importance of instilling values that go beyond academic achievements. These values might include respect, empathy, compassion, and a sense of social responsibility. Students who internalize these values not only make better choices but also contribute positively to the communities in which they live.

Becoming a positive contributor is the ultimate goal of this educational approach. It encourages students to see their education as more than just a path to personal success; it's a means to give back and make a difference in the world. Activation's curriculum helps students connect the dots between their character, values, and their role in society. It empowers them to recognize that they have the potential to be positive contributors who can influence their communities, tackle global issues, and leave a lasting impact.

The results of such an education are profound. Students who understand the connection between character and values become more resilient in the face of challenges. They exhibit empathy and respect for diverse perspectives, fostering a more inclusive and harmonious society. They are more likely to engage in volunteer work, civic participation, and activism, contributing to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. Furthermore, these students are better equipped to face the demands of an ever-changing world, as their strong character and values serve as a moral compass in the face of uncertainty.

In conclusion, Activation Youth Education's focus on character, values, and becoming a positive contributor is a progressive and impactful approach to education. It not only equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed academically but also fosters qualities and beliefs that make them better individuals and global citizens. This values-based education sets the stage for a brighter, more compassionate, and more harmonious future, as students learn to harness their potential to create positive change in the world.

Middle School Curricula

Activation Youth Education is a non-profit 501(c)3 who develops character and leadership development courses for students in private and public education. In 2017, the Ohio Department of Education designated us as a Best Practice. Our proven effective, character values curriculum targets grades 6-8.


Meet Our Staff


Scott Pipes

Leader's Edge, Inc.

Ted Gerber

Executive Director / Treasurer

Tanya Miller

Director National Sales / Curriculum Director

Tom Coffee

Director / Lead Mentor

Dwight Mason

Board Member, 

Leader's Edge, Inc.


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