Courteous Kids and Life Launch served over 3700 youth in 2018.

About Us

Cultivating character, confidence and compassion in young people by providing fun, accessible curriculum that teaches manners, leadership and emotional intelligence for LIFE.


InspIring more youth in more places to create a more respectful, thoughtful and kinder world.

"Let it begin with me."

*Courteous Kids was created in 2006 after determining that a love of children, the gift of teaching and a desire to teach hands on life skills affordably to ‘everyday kids”  would become the mission for its Founder. 

*With the assistance of Creighton Law School, Courteous Kids became a recognized 501C-3 non-profit in October 2013.

*Life Launch was introduced in 2018 for our more mature audience which still includes social skills basics, but adds a focus on leadership, service and grit. 

The mission of Courteous Kids , and now Life Launch, is to provide fun, interactive curriculum to assist in building a continuum of competencies from basic everyday social skills to emotional intelligence, leadership and service for ages 4 through young adults. Courteous Kids/Life Launch is designed to be an affordable resource for both families and organizations serving primarily low to moderate incomes. 

*According to The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, “there are 4 to 6 million students who are at risk for developing anti-social behaviors. No school can afford to neglect basic etiquette and social skills. Not only can etiquette programs help curb anti-social behavior, but they also teach students the skills they need to be successful in various social milieu.”

*85% of work promotions are based off of positive social skills and the ability to be a good team player.

*Fewer than half of high school students across the country feel they’re ready for college and careers (YouthTruth, 2015).

*In a study by Harvard writer and educator, Richard Weissbourd, more than 50% of teens feel it 's more important to have good grades rather than be a good person. 


Courteous Kids is a program designed to provide the necessary tools to build young people’s confidence for a variety of social settings and is designed to reinforce what is taught in the home. From deciding which fork to use, to safely navigating social media tools to preparing for a job interview, students learn how to express themselves thoughtfully and respectfully through an interactive, hands-on approach to etiquette that makes it fun to learn and easy to remember for LIFE!

Classes are constructed by age bracket and professionally written by teachers. Classes are offered as a one-time class or as a continuum. To keep program affordable, our programs depend on the generosity and of churches, schools, community centers and similar venues. If you have a potential classroom spot where you'd like to have one of our programs, please contact us. 

Privacy Policy

Our organization takes our privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit. Read our privacy policy in its entirety.