What do you think of when you hear the word assets? I think of something of value, and that is exactly what our youth are, but often they are overlooked as an asset because we see them as too young, too inexperienced or immature.
Our youth are what we make them, and the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets is a great way to help mold our youth into productive, respectful and happy individuals it also develops protective factors and resilience and these are the skills that aid our youth in making life-changing decisions regarding risky behaviors like using drugs or alcohol.
What are the Developmental Assets they are like a road map for developing our youths’ critical thinking skills, resilience, and confidence among other things that contribute towards a well-rounded individual. The Assets are broken down into external and internal assets. I will begin with focusing on the first external asset Support.
Support comes in a variety of different forms from different people and like diversity these forms and sources are all important to the overall development and well-being of our youth. The following is a list of sub-categories under support:
Family Support, Positive Family Communication, Other Adult Relationships, Caring Neighborhood, Caring School Climate, and Parent Involvement in School.
We know all of these are important, but maybe we don’t always focus on making sure that we are intentional in our actions. Life tends to get in the way, our days become hectic and chaotic, so what can we do everyday that shows our family that we love them?
We have all had those days when you are tired, things didn’t go well at work, school or even just driving home. Yesterday was one of those days for me, so as soon as I pulled in I saw my oldest son, Travis, he was getting home from work too. I could tell that Travis was tired, he works at a warehouse, and it isn’t his ideal job. When I got into the house I asked Travis for a hug. What a difference a hug makes, connecting with someone, sharing your joys, your woes, just sharing and giving. Who have you hugged today? What are some ways that you show support?
Now for the surprise showing your support and love is PREVENTION! Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition’s SOMS program believes strongly in promoting strong, healthy, happy communities, because we believe that you are our most valuable assets. It may sound cliché but you can be the difference in someone(s) life. Think about a time when someone took the time to notice you, to comfort you, to talk to you, to listen to you. One of my oldest memories goes back to Mrs. Koolie my kindergarten teacher. She was awesome I remember her kindness and that I loved being in her class and that was a long, long time ago.
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