This month join us in focusing on Asset #22 School Engagement – Young person is actively engaged in learning.
Local Data: 65% of La Plata County youth report school engagement as described in Asset #22. (Assets Survey 2015)
Tips for increasing positive school engagement:
• Stay in touch with your child’s school experience by asking specific questions about their day – including what went well and what was challenging. Reinforce a school subject by having a whole family conversation about it at the dinner table.
• If your child experiences boredom in the classroom, talk with his or her teacher about providing enriching assignments that will give more challenge. Seek mentors outside of school who can provide more depth to topics or issues your child is interested in to cultivate a love of learning.
• When you talk about school, stay positive. Let your children know learning can be an enjoyable life-long pursuit.
Source: Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents
The Children, Youth and Family Master Plan (CYFMP) and Celebrating Healthy Communities (CHC) sends out a different asset each month with an essential question and tips to community partners to insert in their organization’s newsletters. This top section in black is an introduction with the monthly piece being in blue below.
“The Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world.” (http://www.search-institute.org/)
The CYFMP and CHC utilize the Developmental Assets Survey as a periodic measure for how well our agencies and families are providing asset-rich supports, services and opportunities for La Plata County youth. Both organizations teach our community about the assets and how to utilize them in program development, parenting and in our daily lives.
Please join our community partners in promoting the Assets framework, by placing the following “Asset of the Month” in your newsletters, communications and interactions with youth and families.