"The purpose of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition is to fortify the lives of America's young people with with the consensus ethical values called the "Six Pillars of Character
." These values, which transcend divisions of race, creed, politics, gender and wealth, are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship."
©2006/ Josephson Institute of Ethics. All rights reserved. "American Youth Character Awards," "Character Carousel," "CHARACTER COUNTS!," "CHARACTER COUNTS! Sports," "Character Development Seminars," "Choices Count!," "Foundations for Life," "Honor Above All," "Kids for Character," "Pursuing Victory With Honor" and the "Six Pillars of Character" are marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
Be honest • Don't deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable - do what you say you'll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal - stand by your family, friends, and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act - consider the consequences • Be accountable for your choices
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don't take advantage of others • Don't blame others carelessly
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment