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1 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T1 40 Developmental Assets WELCOME!WELCOME!

2 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T2 Small things you can do •See young people as resources rather than problems •Compliment children and youth when you see them doing good things •Turn 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 family •Be a model for positive conflict resolution. Learn how to settle your own disputes calmly and peacefully •Look out for the children around you—report dangerous and inappropriate behaviours •Compliment parents when you see their children doing good things •See young people as resources rather than problems •Compliment children and youth when you see them doing good things •Turn 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 family •Be a model for positive conflict resolution. Learn how to settle your own disputes calmly and peacefully •Look out for the children around you—report dangerous and inappropriate behaviours •Compliment parents when you see their children doing good things

3 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T3 More Simple things •Get to know your children’s friends and their friend’s parents •Get to know your neighbours and encourage your children to do the same •Volunteer with children and youth •Make it clear that you value those around you for who they are and not how they look •Ask a child or youth about their day and tell them about yours •Recognize that children need more than just financial support •Get to know your children’s friends and their friend’s parents •Get to know your neighbours and encourage your children to do the same •Volunteer with children and youth •Make it clear that you value those around you for who they are and not how they look •Ask a child or youth about their day and tell them about yours •Recognize that children need more than just financial support

4 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T4 By the End of the Hour I Will Be Able to… •Be familiar with the 8 Developmental Asset Categories •Describe how assets empower ALL children and adolescents to create strong, productive, and happy lives •Identify my role in nurturing these assets and uncover the many opportunities to do so •Pinpoint easy and practical tasks to build assets in their homes, neighbourhoods, schools, and community

5 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T5 What helps youth to thrive? What are a few suggestions of things in our communities that help children and youth to thrive?

6 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T6 Two Shifts First Shift From fixing young people’s problems Promoting young people’s strengths Promoting young people’s strengths Second Shift Beyond programs Relationships First Shift From fixing young people’s problems Promoting young people’s strengths Promoting young people’s strengths Second Shift Beyond programs Relationships

7 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T7 The Two Types of Assets External 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.

8 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T8 External Assets SupportEmpowerment Boundaries and Expectations Constructive Use of Time SupportEmpowerment Boundaries and Expectations Constructive Use of Time

9 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T9 The Two Types of Assets Internal 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.

10 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T10 Internal Assets Commitment to Learning Positive Values Social Competencies Positive Identity Commitment to Learning Positive Values Social Competencies Positive Identity

11 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T11 The Power of Assets to Promote

12 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T12 The Power of Assets to Protect

13 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T13 Youth with Different Levels of Assets 21–30 Assets 32% 31–40 Assets 8% 0–10 Assets 17% 11–20 Assets 42%

14 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T14 Grading Grown-Ups Actions Believe Important (%) Do It (%) Gap in % points Encourage success in school Expect parents to set boundaries Teach shared values Teach respect for cultural differences Guide decision making Have meaningful conversations Give financial guidance Discuss personal values Expect respect for adults 68671

15 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T15 How 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? 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?

16 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T16 Principles 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. 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.

17 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T17 RelationshipsRelationships • •Key to beginning to build developmental assets with young people • •Young people should also try to build relationships with adults, their peers and younger children • •The 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. • •Key to beginning to build developmental assets with young people • •Young people should also try to build relationships with adults, their peers and younger children • •The 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.

18 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T18 The Asset Building Difference FromTo Young people’s problems Young people’s strengths Professionals’ work Everyone’s work Young people absorbing resources Young people as resources ProgramsRelationships Troubled young people All young people Accountable only for own behaviour Accountable as well for other adults’ behaviour Incidental asset building Intentional asset building Blaming others Claiming responsibility

19 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T19 Key Messages •There is a direct correlation between DA and Academic Performance •It doesn’t take a great deal of time to build DA •Assets can be built early in the life of a child, from birth through adolescence •Building assets helps parents and guardians get what they want for their children •Involving 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. •There is a direct correlation between DA and Academic Performance •It doesn’t take a great deal of time to build DA •Assets can be built early in the life of a child, from birth through adolescence •Building assets helps parents and guardians get what they want for their children •Involving 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.

20 Everyone’s an Asset Builder T20 Asset Building In Moose Jaw and Area Any Success Stories Where to from here? Questions?? Any Success Stories Where to from here? Questions??


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