2Small things you can doSee young people as resources rather than problemsCompliment children and youth when you see them doing good thingsTurn off the TV one night a week and bring out some board games!Try to have at least one meal together as a family every day.Make cooking a family event!Openly promote a policy of telling the truth in your familyBe a model for positive conflict resolution. Learn how to settle your own disputes calmly and peacefullyLook out for the children around you—report dangerous and inappropriate behavioursCompliment parents when you see their children doing good things
3More Simple thingsGet to know your children’s friends and their friend’s parentsGet to know your neighbours and encourage your children to do the sameVolunteer with children and youthMake it clear that you value those around you for who they are and not how they lookAsk a child or youth about their day and tell them about yoursRecognize that children need more than just financial support
4By the End of the Hour I Will Be Able to… Be familiar with the 8 Developmental Asset CategoriesDescribe how assets empower ALL children and adolescents to create strong, productive, and happy livesIdentify my role in nurturing these assets and uncover the many opportunities to do soPinpoint easy and practical tasks to build assets in their homes, neighbourhoods, schools, and communityNicole
5What helps youth to thrive? What are a few suggestions of things in our communities that help children and youth to thrive?Christine
6Two Shifts First Shift Second Shift From fixing young people’s problemsPromoting young people’s strengthsSecond ShiftBeyond programs RelationshipsNicole—History on where the assets were developedHow does our society perceive teenagers?Often use more negative descriptions that positive—i.e. rebellious, irresponsibleHow do young people usually show up in the news? I.e. car accidents, voilenceWhat are the relationships between young people and professionals such as counsellors, police officers, nurses, and school administrators usually like? Have their problems fixed.Society usually focuses on young people’s problems and on trying to fix those problems, or even to fix the young people themselves. Same goes for younger children who are having difficulties—they are often “fixed”. Young people have strengths too; we can’t ignore the problems that exist, but we want to focus on the strengths and build upon them.
7The Two Types of AssetsExternal assets refer to the positive developmental environments and experiences that surround young people. The main builders of these assets for young children are parents and other caregivers. As children grow older, especially through adolescence, external assets accumulate through interactions with parents, neighbors, educators, congregations, coworkers, and peers.NicoleWho is familiar with the 40 Developmental Assets Framework already?The Developmental Assets were created by the Search Institute which began their work with the assets in They asked the question “what are the factors that have an impact on healthy growth and development in young people” “why do some kids grow up with relative ease, while others struggle?”The initial work of the Search Institute measured the presence of the assets in youth from grades This information is reflected in “The Asset Approach”. Since then, they have also looked at the assets for younger children. From this they identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities that have a tremendous influence on young people from all walks of life.The development of external assets, which we can impact, often leads to the development of internal assets in children and youth. Many people find them to be consistent with both their experience and common sense.
8External Assets Support Empowerment Boundaries and Expectations Constructive Use of TimeNicoleSee Asset ApproachNote the percentages in the right-hand column and in addition to identifying the assets, Search Institute also developed a survey to measure the presence of each asset in the lives of youth based on their self-reportingAdministered primarily through the public school systems it’s a 156 item Search Institute Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviours survey. It has been completed by more than 1 million youth. The percentages reflect the results of over youth from
9The Two Types of AssetsInternal assets refer to the resolve, skills, and values needed for strong character. Parents and other caregivers nurture these assets from infancy to adolescence. During the teen years, these assets help provide young people with an “internal compass” that guides them to make wise choices.Christine
10Internal Assets Commitment to Learning Positive Values Social CompetenciesPositive IdentityChristineSee Asset Approach
12The Power of Assets to Protect ChristineThe assets are cumulative in their effect—the more assets that young people have, the better. On page 4 of the Asset Approach it shows that youth consistently possess, on average, less than half the assets.The more developmental assets that young people have, the more likely they are to report that they engage in safe and healthy behaviours and the less likely they are to report that they engage in high-risk behaviours.
13Youth with Different Levels of Assets 32%31–40 Assets8%0–10 Assets17%11–20 Assets42%NicoleThis holds true in both urban and rural settings (as on page 4 of “The Asset Approach”). Use Esterhazy example…Can be applied to any community the research statistics are very transferrable. The assets that adults may identify to be low are not necessarily the ones that the youth actually show to lack; however this information is also transferrable as the Esterhazy study shows as well.
14Grading Grown-Ups Actions Believe Important (%) Do It (%) Gap in % pointsEncourage success in school926921Expect parents to set boundaries8442Teach shared values804535Teach respect for cultural differences773641Guide decision making76Have meaningful conversations7534Give financial guidance39Discuss personal values7337Expect respect for adults68671NicoleBased on research from Scales, Benson, and Roehlkepartain—Grading Grown-Ups: American Adults Report on Their Real Relationships with Kids (2001)For most adults there is a sizable gap between their beliefs of what is important and their corresponding actionsAsked “Which adults behaviours they believe are most important for the healthy development of young people” and the “Do they actually act on those beliefs?”
15How Can We build Assets? Look at the 8 categories: How were these assets provided to you when you were growing up?What are the barriers to providing them now?What do you think you can do to build these assets?Nicole
16Principles of Asset Building All young people need assets.Everyone can build assets.Relationships are key.Asset building is an ongoing process.Consistent messages are crucial.Repetition is important.Nicole—direct to Handout #7Asset Building is not new--it’s been going on to varying degrees for a long time, although we may not have labelled it as asset buildingAssets can be built in lots of different places and in different ways by all kings of people across a communityIt’s hard to build just one asset—they are by their nature intertwined.
17RelationshipsKey to beginning to build developmental assets with young peopleYoung people should also try to build relationships with adults, their peers and younger childrenThe more young people we build assets with, the more likely it is that every young person will have someone to connect with and that young people will be getting consistent messages about what’s important and how to live a healthy life.ChristineAsset-Building Ideas for IndividualsAsset Building Ideas for Organizations
18The Asset Building Difference FromToYoung people’s problemsYoung people’s strengthsProfessionals’ workEveryone’s workYoung people absorbing resourcesYoung people as resourcesProgramsRelationshipsTroubled young peopleAll young peopleAccountable only for own behaviourAccountable as well for other adults’ behaviourIncidental asset buildingIntentional asset buildingBlaming othersClaiming responsibilityNicoleHow we build assets: Change attitudes—think about attitudes that are consistent with the asset framework
19Key MessagesThere is a direct correlation between DA and Academic PerformanceIt doesn’t take a great deal of time to build DAAssets can be built early in the life of a child, from birth through adolescenceBuilding assets helps parents and guardians get what they want for their childrenInvolving other responsible, caring adults in children’s lives means parents don’t have to do it all alone.You probably are already building assets, but perhaps they could be more intentional, consistent, and systematic about it.You can have a positive influence on other people’s children as well.Nicole
20Asset Building In Moose Jaw and Area Any Success StoriesWhere to from here?Questions??Nicole—12:40