Background Information

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a local, grass roots effort of concerned citizens in many communities nationwide which embrace the Six Pillars of Character as the basis for understanding and evaluating all ethical behavior. The overriding mission of CHARACTER COUNTS! is to strengthen the character of America's youth. The Minot Public School Board has endorsed and is supporting this movement.


How and When Did This Start? CHARACTER COUNTS! got its start as the result of an Ethics Conference at the Aspen Institute in 1992. CHARACTER COUNTS! believes that effective character education is, first and foremost, an obligation of families; it is also an important obligation of faith communities, schools, youth and other human service organizations. These obligations to develop character are best achieved when these groups work in concert. It has no political agenda and is not affiliated with any religious denominations.


Who can be involved in CHARACTER COUNTS! Students, parents, teaching staff, business leaders, youth loaders, clergy, civic organizations-- anyone who interacts with young people!


What We Believe: Character really counts! In personal relationships, in school, at the workplace-- in life-- who you are makes a difference! Character is not hereditary, nor does it develop automatically. It must be consciously developed by example and demand. There are common ethical values that transcend political, religious, socioeconomic and cultural differences. Called the "Six Pillars of Character," these values are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.


For more information contact any coalition member.

CHARACTER COUNTS! and the Six Pillars of Character are service marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.