August Asset of the Month

Asset 18, Youth ProgramsSummer is fleeting and it's already August! Here's your Developmental Asset of the Month! 

Asset #18       Youth Programs – Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community.

Local Data: 70% of La Plata County youth grades 6-12 report spending three or more hours a week in programs as described in Asset #18.  (Assets Survey 2015)

Essential Question:How can I help remove barriers for the 30% of La Plata County youth who do not have access to youth programs?

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  Tips for increasing participation in youth programs:

  • Assist your child with creating a list of youth programs and visit to find a good fit for your child’s interests and needs. Many libraries offer excellent out-of-school opportunities.

  • Encourage your child to join school clubs or community programs and support them by helping with transportation. Inquire if other students need help with transportation and give them a ride.
  • Many young people get great satisfaction and leadership experience from volunteering with organizations that raise funds to work on world-wide environmental or humanitarian efforts.

  • Encourage your teens to join youth organizations to become a summer volunteer, junior leader or mentor to younger children.

Source: Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents 


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