Nominate A Student For An Annual Youth Character Award

October 22, 2020

Instilling good character in children as they prepare for the real world is a big deal in Martin County.

United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program sits at the forefront of this effort. It recognizes local students for exemplifying good character during the annual Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards.

Each year, United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! presents the Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards to honor students whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to any or all of the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Examples of qualities associated with good character include uncompromising integrity and courage shown by a willingness to do the right thing despite social pressures or personal risk; generosity of spirit and a willingness for self-sacrifice in devotion to helping others; community service in working for the common good; or perseverance and inner strength to overcome physical, financial or other difficulties.

Nominations for this year’s Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, November 13, 2020, and can be submitted either by the student’s school, or any community member who has seen the student continually display good character.  

Nominees must be Martin County public school students in 8th or 12th grades. Once nominated, students will receive application information. Middle school award recipients will be presented with a plaque, and high school award recipients will receive a $1,000 cash award. Nomination forms and guidelines are available at or by contacting Tara Zweben at 772-283-4800, ext. 234 or

About United Way of Martin County

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to enhance healthy living, improve education and support financial stability.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit or call 772-283-4800.