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TEACHING CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY

Thousands of children and their families all across the county are engaged and focused on the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility as all branches celebrate Character Development Month during October.

Through a special grant and partnership with the SDG&E, YMCAs dedicate the month to challenging others to accept and demonstrate the values through a variety of programs and activities.

All of our branches participate in a variety of ways including:

  • Taking the Y Good Character Challenge! Sign our boards and commit to living by our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
  • Encouraging all kids to participate in the YMCA of San Diego County Essay and Poster Contest
  • Encouraging all to volunteer and/or participate in a Community Service Project during the month
  • All Y Family Child Care Centers and before and after school sites highlight our character values through special literature and educational tools
  • Giving out fun stuff that recognize good character
  • Engaging, family activities and recognition for kids and adults that encourage good character
  • Holding family activities that celebrate good character

Check in with your local branch for more details and take the Good Character Challenge or have your children submit their entries directly!

CELEBRATING GOOD CHARACTER


For 15 years, YMCA Character Development Month highlights the Y’s year-round focus on teaching and demonstrating core values in its programs. Our core values unite us as a movement with a common cause. They are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, interactions with others and decision-making.

YMCA of San Diego County Essay and Poster Contest


We encourage all kids to participate in the YMCA of San Diego County Essay and Poster Contest. We have great prizes!

  • Elementary School - Two Zoo/Wild Animal Park Season Passes ($119 Zoo Gift Card)
  • Middle School - $75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a one year YMCA Family Membership
  • High School - $75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a one year YMCA Family Membership

Submissions due by Nov. 7, 2014. Winners will be notified by January 2015.


Character Development Essay and Poster Contest Guidelines


  1. The Poster contest is open to kids K-12th grade. The Essay Contest is open to kids in 3rd -12th grade.
  2. Please limit essay to one page. Please design poster on paper no smaller than 11” x 17”. Poster contestants may use the following coloring materials: crayon, marker, or paint.
  3. Please select only one of the following values for focus: Caring, Honesty, Respect, or Responsibility.
  4. Essay submissions may be hand written or printed from a word document (one page max.)
  5. IMPORTANT: Please include the following on the back of each entry: contestant’s name, grade, school name and parent’s or contestant’s phone number and email. Posters without this information will be excluded from the contest.
  6. Submit to Kristie Pirkey at YMCA Team Headquarters by November 7, 2014. [email protected]; 3708 Ruffin Rd. San Diego, CA 92123. For more information, please call 858-292-9622.
  7. There will be one winner from each grade level for each contest. Winners will be notified by January 2015. The contest awards for each grade level:
  • Elementary School - Two Zoo/Wild Animal Park Season Passes ($119 Zoo Gift Card)
  • Middle School - $75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card & a one year Family YMCA Membership
  • High School - $75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card & a one year Family YMCA Membership

The Four Values of the Y


Caring

Show a sincere concern for others

Honesty

Be truthful in what you say and do

Respect

Follow the golden rule

Responsibility

Be accountable for your promises and actions


Character Development