Character Counts

These six core ethical values form the foundation of the CHARACTER COUNTS! youth-ethics initiative.

For more information, please visit www.charactercounts.org.

 

TRUSTWORTHINESS

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

 

RESPECT

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

 

RESPONSIBILITY

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

 

FAIRNESS

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

 

CARING

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

 

CITIZENSHIP

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs