Below is a list of the current programs and awards created and administered by the Character & Ethics Project:
The Character & Ethics Project hands out Community Awards. The ceremony’s are be held in the Glendale Unified School District’s board room, 223 N. Jackson St. Please come by to celebrate our honorees and to see what we’re all about.
The Community Awards program recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations exemplifying one or more of the guiding principles of character and ethics. Honorees will be presented with certificates of appreciation acknowledging their commitment to extraordinary character and ethical behavior.
The Community Awards Program is designed to honor and spotlight outstanding community members who are role models – to inspire all who hear their stories.
Alternative to Suspension
For years school districts have searched for ways to effectively deal with student behavior on their high school campuses. Traditionally, schools would suspend students and send them home. However, this was akin to throwing Brer Rabbit into the briar patch. So schools began developing alternates to suspension. Many of these programs included sitting in a detention room or cleaning up the campus.
Several years ago, Glendale Deputy Fire Chief Steve Howard, 2007 president-elect of the Character and Ethics Project, saw some kids cleaning up trash at Hoover High School. He thought to himself that this seemed like a productive way to correct a student’s behavior. He started to wonder if the “Alternate-to-suspension” program could be developed into something even more rewarding. He then developed and implemented the Firehouse ATS program.
Once a month, students from Glendale and Hoover High Schools come to Fire Station 21 on a Saturday morning as a result of receiving a suspension from school. In lieu of the suspension, they come and listen to firefighters and police officers present key points about four keys character traits and how they affect life and decision making.
These public safety professionals present the terms of honesty, integrity, responsibility and compassion. They interweave the definitions with real life experiences to bring the terms to life for the students. Along with the presentation, students involve themselves in exercises designed to stimulate thought and help them visualize examples of character in their lives.
At the end of the day, the students are thankful for the time Chief Howard has spent with them. Recently, the Glendale Unified School Board issued a commendation to Steve for his work.
The program has had great success and is a very appropriate alternate to suspension.
Youth Leadership Conference
This signature annual event of the Character and Ethics Project is a unique mentoring program which matches business and community leaders with high school students.
The annual conference provides an opportunity for one-on-one discussion with adults, on values and ethics, leadership and ethical dilemnas – at school, at work and business. Students enjoy breakfast and a keynote speaker together. This year’s speaker is John Nicoll, Chief Deputy Executive Officer for the County of Ventura, as well as a professor of public policy at USC and CSUN. Students then break into groups and work as a group as well with individual mentors. They will gather back for lunch and a wrap up session.
Hypothetical scenarios are prepared by student participants, tailored to current events and prevailing life situations to make them more realistic. Over 2,000 teens have participated since inception in 1985.
If you would like to participate in the upcoming Youth Leadership Conference, please send us your contact information.