A community leader in Hempstead recently lamented that many of our youth-and
their parents-have no standard to live by. Because the Character Council of
Hempstead has recognized that character issues, that is, lack of standards, are
at the root of almost every problem man faces, the members are committed to
raising a standard of good character that will impact every aspect of the life of
The Character Council will present a new character quality each month to the
community through this website, strategically-placed signs in Hempstead, and
through the media. In addition, various sectors of the community (family,
business, education, government, faith, and sports) will begin to promote these
qualities in their domain.
These monthly character qualities are "building blocks" through which a
person's overall character is formed. As they are first built into individual lives,
they will begin to change the mindset and culture of the community itself.
Community transformation is a process, one person at a time.
The Council will encourage development of good character by a 3-legged
- Educating about each character quality
- Showing practical steps to implement the quality
- Encouraging reward and honor to those exhibiting the character quality.
- Families will be stronger
- Neighbors will care for each other
- Homes and streets will be safer
- Businesses will prosper
- Education will be more effective
- Government will works in harmony with the citizens
- A general sense of unity and cooperativeness will pervade.
As the community begins to "think" character-evaluating and rewarding on the
basis of character rather than outward achievements, talking about character,
and looking for good role models in character development-many positive
results will be evident:
As Hempstead begins to focus on the solution of good character rather than its
problems, a new kind of pride and responsibility will fill the community. A culture
of character will be built into the city, beginning with us as individuals.
"Building On a Solid Foundation"
"If we work upon
marble, it will
perish, if we work
upon brass, time
will efface it; if we
they will crumble
into dust; but if
we work upon
and instill into
principles, we are
that upon tablets
which no time will
efface, but will
brighten to all