Show Me Character

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

What is Show Me Character?

Show Me Character is a framework that teaches 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


  • Be honest
  • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal
  • Be reliable – do what you say you’ll do
  • Have the courage to do the right thing
  • Build a good reputation
  • Be loyal – stand by your family and friends


  • Treat others with respect
  • Be tolerant of differences
  • Use good manners, not bad language
  • Be considerate of the feelings of others
  • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements.


  • Do what you are supposed to do
  • Persevere; keep on trying!
  • Always do your best
  • Use self-control; be self-disciplined
  • Think before you act – consider the consequences
  • Be accountable for your choices


  • Play by the rules.
  • Take turns and share.
  • Be open-minded; listen to others.
  • Don’t take advantage of others.
  • Don’t blame others carelessly


  • Be kind
  • Be compassionate and show you care
  • Express gratitude
  • Forgive others
  • Help people in need


  • Do your share to make your school and community better.
  • Cooperate.
  • Stay informed; vote
  • Be a good neighbor
  • Obey laws and rules
  • Respect authority
  • Protect the environment


For over 100 years, Missouri 4-H Youth Development Programs have encouraged 4-H’ers to show good character in all they do – to be respectful, to be responsible, to follow the rules – and 4-Her’s have done just that. The modules in “Show-Me 4-H Character” provide a brief description of how character can be used throughout the 4-H program.

 The information included is intentionally broad. As 4-H staff, members, volunteers and family members it is important to weave character throughout the entire program making it specific to projects, events and situations. You can find all of the module documents down below. 

Supplemental materials