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The History of The Virtues Project

The Virtues Project was founded in 1991 by three concerned individuals who made a commitment to do something to counteract the rising violence among families and youth. Linda Kavelin-Popov, her husband Dr. Dan Popov and her brother, John Kavelin researched the world's diverse sacred traditions and they discovered something simple and profound.

Essence of the human spirit

At the heart of all spiritual traditions are 360 virtues, described as the essence of the human spirit and the content of our character. A guide containing fifty-two of these universal virtues was published to help parents bring out the best in their children and in themselves.

Used in more than 85 countries

Since then many books and other resources have been published to help educators, businesses and governments implement the virtues. The project has grown into a global grass roots network of diverse individuals, organizations, schools, and communities in more than 85 countries, including Australia. It has been used in many Western Australian schools for 10 years and is growing in popularity now in the Eastern States.

Not about religion

The Virtues Project is not about the practices or beliefs of any one religion. It is sourced in the teachings about virtues found in the sacred traditions of all cultures. Its purpose is to support all people, both those who are religious and those who are not, to awaken the virtues of their character.

"A model program for families of all cultures"

During the International Year of the Family, the United Nations Secretariat and World Conference of Cities and Corporations honored The Virtues Project as "a model global program for families of all cultures".

You can find out more about The Virtues Project by visiting their official website at www.virtuesproject.com

You can see the list of 52 virtues used in The 52 Virtues Project here