The Character Movement

Peter Yang

Our 2014 Character Award Winner

Remembering our history matters. It matters to remember the challenges we’ve overcome and the challenges we’re still faced with. And while it’s important to remember the big players in history, like on Monday when we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it’s also important to recognize those in our community who help affect change in smaller ways.

Peter Yang, a senior at Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul, Minn., was the winner of Youth Frontiers’ 2014 Character Award. He was given this award because of his strength of character and his commitment to helping others. He received the Character Award at our sixth-annual Ethical Leadership Luncheon, where a crowd of 500 business and community leaders in the Twin Cities gave him a standing ovation.

Peter was nominated by his teacher, Elizabeth Ormsby, for this award. According to Elizabeth, “Peter stands tall as he incorporates the values of kindness, courage, respect and integrity into his life and into the lives of others.” You can hear Elizabeth’s nomination for Peter in the video below.

Peter’s motto is that, “A life with a smile on your face, happiness in your heart and goals on your mind makes you indestructible.”

As the Character Award recipient, Peter received an iPad and was surprised with a $3,000 scholarship from Luther Automotive.

No matter what our circumstances are, it’s important to remember there are things we can do to improve them. Peter is an inspiring example of this. As we recognize all those who created change and made a difference, we must also take responsibility for our own actions and realize the impact we can make on our own community.

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