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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 21, 2023) — Character.org is proud to announce Jim Clark as the 2023 recipient of the John Winthrop Wright “Ethics in Action” Award. Jim currently serves as the President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he has led the effort to advance “good character” as one of the organization’s three strategic priority areas. Since joining Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2012, Jim has elevated and emphasized programs aimed at character development, including Keystone Clubs, Youth of the Year, Million Members, Million Hours of Service, and Torch Club

Under Jim’s leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has continued to introduce programming to reduce summer learning loss, increase workforce readiness, high school graduation, and leadership development. Character.org is recognizing Jim Clark for leading Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a top character-focused youth-serving organization in the United States (and on military installations worldwide). Founded in 1860 by four women in Hartford, Connecticut who were concerned with boys roaming the streets, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has always focused on character development as a cornerstone of the Club experience. During Jim’s tenure, the organization now serves 3.3 million youth annually in more than 5,200 Club locations.  

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

2023 "ETHICS IN ACTION" AWARD recipient



The John Winthrop Wright “Ethics in Action” Award is made possible by a grant from The School for Ethical Education (SEE). Named after SEE’s founder, the award was established to annually recognize an individual who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to ethical leadership by modeling and emphasizing core ethical values as essential to the mission and success of their company or organization. Past recipients include Dan Houston, President and CEO of Principal Financial Group, and Cindi Bigelo, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea.

ABOUT CHARACTER.ORG: Character.org is a worldwide network that empowers people of all ages to practice and model the ethical core values that shape our hearts, minds and choices.  Formerly known as the Character Education Partnership, the organization has relentlessly advocated for character since 1993. Today, Character.org creates and shares resources that support people around the globe, including the 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character. The organization’s vision is to be the global leader and voice for developing character in families, schools, and organizations.

We invite you to join us on Monday, November 6 at 4:00 PM (ET) when we will recognize Jim Clark during our 30th Anniversary International Forum in Washington, DC. The two-day event features leading thinkers, educators, and organizations across the nation and around the world who care deeply about cultivating character in families, schools, sports, after-school programs, and the workplace. The Forum is open to all. Please register here.

For more information, contact John Kabashinski, john@character.org or visit Character.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn


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