A set of core values are identified and embedded into the culture of the family, school, sports team, or organization.
Character involves understanding, caring about and practicing your culture’s core values.
Your character development approach is proactive and comprehensive.
Caring attachments and relationships foster a sense of belonging and connection.
There are ample opportunities for everyone to live their core values, especially opportunities to serve others.
Your culture of character strives to develop everyone’s “best self,” including the four areas of character (moral, civic, performance and intellectual).
A culture of character emphasizes intrinsic motivation rather than recognition or material rewards.
Everyone shares the responsibility to model, practice and uphold the core values.
All stakeholders are encouraged to take a leadership role and suggest ways to embed and practice the core values.
Your character initiative engages a range of partners (family members, parents, community members, etc.).
Core values are reaffirmed or revised each year to ensure that your character initiative is always improving and growing.