Inside All Children are the Roots of Action

Research-based resources for PARENTS, SCHOOLS, and COMMUNITIES who want to impact the positive growth and development of children and teenagers. Learn More »



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Charting a Child's Route to Success

Our Mission

At Roots of Action, we recognize the story of childhood and adolescence as an interior journey of self-discovery and growth — the basis of a fulfilling life. Our purpose is to engage a child’s closest caregivers — parentsteachers, and youth mentors — as advocates for positive youth development.

Children and teenagers have come to believe a fictional story — that endless advantages are bestowed upon those with backpacks full of visible achievements like good grades, high test scores, trophies, and recognition. Sadly, the story is not only incomplete and inadequate, it’s also making our kids sick. Literally. Research shows the mental health of our children is at its lowest point in twenty-five years.

Introduced in the book, Tomorrow’s Change Makers, The Compass Advantage is a research-based framework of positive youth development—a story every parent, teacher, mentor, and child can understand. Its eight interconnected abilities are proven drivers of personal, academic, career, and life success. When we nurture these abilities in children, they grow to become caring family members, innovative workers, ethical leaders, and engaged citizens.

We believe families, schools, and communities have a responsibility to redefine success for a new generation—to engage young people in relationships and experiences that foster health, wholeness, and well-being. Our articles, available to schools and nonprofits at no cost, are focused on these eight pathways to every child’s success. See our reprint guidelines, and then help us share positive ways to impact youth! Also see our many free resources!

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