To give young adults a better sense of ethics, they attend Character Development sessions. We define character as how a person’s habits, motives, thoughts and actions relate to morality – also referred to as integrity, or moral structure.
In the sessions, young people learn that character involves working toward the common good, and toward something greater than oneself. Character involves making choices toward this end, even making sacrifices toward a set of higher ideals.
They learn the basic tenets of character:
- Be Honest. Don’t steal. Tell the truth. Be sincere; don’t mislead or withhold key information in relationships.
- Be responsible. Think before you act. Consider consequences.
- Show integrity. Resist social pressure to do wrong. Be our best self. Stand up for your beliefs about right and wrong.
- Treat all people with respect. Be courteous and polite. Judge people on their merits. Be tolerant, appreciative and accepting of individual differences.
- Keep promises. Keep your word. Honor your commitments. Pay your debts. Return what you borrow.
- Be loyal. Stand by family, friends, employers, community and country. Don’t talk about people behind their backs.
- Pursue excellence. Do your best. Don’t quit easily.
- Be kind and caring. Be generous and compassionate. Don’t be selfish or mean. Show you care.
- Be fair. Treat all people fairly. Be open-minded. Listen to others. Try to understand what they are saying and feeling.
- Be a good citizen. Obey the law and respect authority. Vote. Volunteer your efforts. Protect the environment.
In the Character Development sessions, young people learn these character traits are key to developing solid friendships, good careers and for overall success in life.