The Youth Culture Character Education Program

Social skills are the great equalizer; good social skills transcend social class, economic status, achievement and race. Studies at Harvard University, the Stanford Research Institute, and the Carnegie Foundation support this statement, finding that 85 % of future success depends on social skills. -The Etiquette School of New York


  • Promote courteous and considerate behavior toward others especially parents and siblings.
  • Increase students’ awareness of the world in which they live.
  • Develop the students’ confidence in their own knowledge and ability to handle demanding situations.
  • Help the students appreciate their good points and concentrate on fully developing them.

The Southern Academy of Etiquette has created a series of exciting, interactive classes to provide students with the necessary life skills they need to help them develop their character. Children that have good manners and well developed social skills tend to be more confident, selfless, and successful.

The Youth Culture Character Education Program for Schools and Nonprofits:

Ages 6 – 18

I. Everyday Etiquette

Topics include:

  • Respect for Others
  • Appropriate Behavior in Public
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • How to be a Good Friend
  • Making New Friends
  • When to Stand
  • Appropriate Behavior at School

II. Making a Good Impression

Topics include:

  • Proper Introductions
  • Remembering Names
  • Handshake/Direct Eye Contact
  • Body Language
  • Self – Presentation
  • Walking, Sitting, and Standing

III. Communication Skills

Topics include:

  • Appropriate Word Choice
  • Listening Skills
  • Inappropriate Questions
  • Compliments (giving and receiving)
  • Telephone/Cell Phone Etiquette
  • Social Media Etiquette
  • Emails
  • Thank – you Notes
  • One – Minute Speech

IV. Leadership

Topics include:

  • Leadership Qualities
  • Getting Organized
  • Setting Goals

V. Public Speaking

Topics include:

  • One – Minute Speech
  • Presentations

VI. Dining Etiquette

Topics include:

  • Proper Table Conversation
  • The Napkin
  • The Fork, Spoon, and Knife
  • Glassware
  • Space at the Table
  • Zig – Zag Dining
  • Continental Dining
  • Setting the Table
  • Finger Foods
  • Asking for Seconds
  • Eating Soup
  • Unwanted Food

Classes are excellent for enrichment and after – school programs, they can be offered on a single basis or in a series.


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