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Show Me Character


Missouri 4-H youth development character education program is based on CHARACTER COUNTS

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What is Show Me Character?

Show Me Character is a framework thatteaches young people to make sound moral judgments. It also encourages all adults to become more involved in helping youth develop positive character traits. Our communities benefit when youths and adults understand the importance of being involved and caring citizens and “doing the right thing” by incorporating the Six Pillars of Character in their daily lives.

For over 100 years, 4-H has encouraged young people to show good character in all they do – to be respectful, to be responsible, to follow the rules – and they have done just that. Character education is a top priority in all 4-H programming. Based on the CHARACTER COUNTS®  Coalition Six Pillars of Character Missouri’s 4-H families are encouraged to “Show Me Character,” not only while involved in 4-H programs, but as an essential part of daily life.

Ask your child(ren) to tell you about the Six Pillars of Character– trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The Six Pillars are the framework for the CHARACTER COUNTS!® Coalition, a nonpartisan and nonsectarian alliance of hundreds of schools and youth-servicing organizations across the country.

The Six Pillars of Character and what they mean







Practice character at home

Improving Our Moral Landscape: A Plea to Parents to Promote Good Character, Mark J. Britzman, PhD., South Dakota State University, National CHARACTER COUNTS! faculty member. 

A person of character

What you can do
There are many things you can do to teach and encourage your child to be a person of good character.

4-H Character Connections

Character Connections are meant for use in newsletters or as workshop handouts.  (print or copy and paste into a word processor)

4-H Character Connection

Character Connections for 4-H projects 

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Show Me Character Modules

Overview (PDF)

Module 1
An introduction to and sets foundation for the Missouri 4-H character program

Module 2
Understanding character theory helps to establish a research base for 4-H.  Designed to make the distinction among character, values and ethics

Module 3
Describes each pillar and the important attributes of the pillars

Module 4
Talks about choices and how we use the pillars to make sound decisions even when some of the pillars appear to be in conflict with one another

Module 5
Designed to help adults understand how competition and character fit into 4-H clubs

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Can't find something?  Contact 4hyouth@missouri.edu (please include your county) or 573-882-9359

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