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Detention Services Bureau - Character Counts
The core of detention programming is teaching and modeling Character Counts
, a program used throughout the
United States to promote ethical values among young people. Character Counts promotes six values, which are
called "Pillars of Character
The Six Pillars of Character are:
Character Counts doesn't teach what to think; it teaches how to think and how to:
- Responsibilty - being responsible for our choices and accountable for what we do and who we are.
- Fairness - play by the rules; be open-minded; listen to others.
- Respect - Honor the worth and dignity of others; act according to "The Golden Rule".
- Caring - Be kind and compassionate; help people in need; express gratitude.
- Trustworthiness - Be honest; do what you say you'll do; have the courage to do the right thing.
- Citizenship - Know laws and obeys them; be involved in community activities; cooperate; vote.
- gather information
- consider the positive and negative consequences of one's actions,
- reason between right and wrong, and thus
- make good ethical decisions, and
- be a person of good character
to get more information about Character Counts
| National website