Assets 4 Youth

Assets 4 Youth The 40 Developmental Assets Youth Need to Succeed What Are Developmental Assets? Building Blocks for Raising Healthy Children and Youth

Since its creation in 1990, Search Institute’s framework of Developmental Assets has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.

Based on the Institute's research, we are building a coalition of individuals, businesses, governmental agencies, educational institutions, faith-based and other non profit organizations who are committed to the Asset-Building paradigm and the promotion of assets in our community's youth as well as disseminating information to all who believe in the value of our young people and their potential for greatness.

Based on the Institute's research, we are building a coalition of individuals, businesses, governmental agencies, educational institutions, faith-based and other non profit organizations who are committed to the Asset-Building paradigm and the promotion of assets in our community's youth as well as disseminating information to all who believe in the value of our young people and their potential for greatness.

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The Magic Onions
03/19/2016

The Magic Onions

Let's be the whole picture.

Elizabeth Gilbert
03/19/2016

Elizabeth Gilbert

THE LETTER TO FEAR

Thank you to follower-of-this-page April Hadley, for making this beautiful rendition of my letter to fear, from BIG MAGIC.

I encourage you all, if you are feeling stuck, to sit down one of these days and write your own letter to your own fear. But before you do that, here's an even more interesting exercise: Allow your fear to write a letter to YOU.

I do this every once in a while, when I'm feeling particularly shaky and unsure of myself. I give my fear a chance to express itself, formally, in writing. I ask my fear, "What are you actually terrified about, in this situation?" And I make a effort of listening, with respect. (It's amazing how seldom we do this — listen to our fear, with respect. We're always trying to punch it in the face, or kick its ass, or run away from it. But we seldom let it speak.)

I'm always amazed by what comes up. Often, I think I know what I'm afraid of, but when my fear is given a chance to actually speak, I'm surprised at what the real issue is.

The other thing I keep learning, when I let my fear have a chance to make its case, is that my fear is not (contrary to how it often feels) BOTTOMLESS. Fear and anxiety can feel like they have infinite depths, like they are afraid of EVERYTHING, but usually they are just afraid of 2 or 3 very specific things, once you look closely. And sometimes those 2 or 3 three things are pretty reasonable. Usually, the letter that my fear writes to me is quite short, and very precise.

And once I see what those 2 or 3 issues are, what I'm actually afraid of...well, now we can talk about it. Like adults. Like friends.

And that's when I can write a letter back to fear, thanking it for its thoughts and contributions, but gently explaining what we are going to do now that all the information has been reported.

I know it sounds freaky — to be writing letters to and from various aspects of yourself...but remember: None of us is a SELF; we are all MANY SELVES. What we call a "self" is just a wild mishmash combination of lots and lots of different parts and competing voices. (Anyone who has ever negotiated with herself about whether or not she will be going to the gym today knows this: we are a veritable auditorium of rival voices and contrasting opinions.)

But if you can approach all these rival selves with a spirit of friendly curiosity, it can make your head into a more peaceful neighborhood.

It's all about communication, people. It's all about communication.

Start with your fear. Ask it what it wants, what it doesn't want, and why it's so desperately holding you back from what your creativity and your courage might be asking you to attempt.

Let your fear speak. Let it write you a letter. Read the letter with open-minded and open-hearted affection. And then write back to your fear with love and kindness, and respectfully explain your new plan.

Your fear should always be allowed to have a voice, and a seat in the vehicle of your life. But whatever you do — don't let your fear DRIVE.

ONWARD,
LG

Happy You Happy Family
03/19/2016

Happy You Happy Family

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A Girl Breaks A Car Window To Save A Trapped Dog In Heat. This Is A Must Watch Video!

Another teenage hero! You can be one too! Just let your conscience guide you and don't let fear keep you from doing what you know is right!

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It's about time, right girls?  Thumbs up to Verizon.
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What A Little Girl Hears When Someone Tells Her She’s Pretty. Watch This.

It's about time, right girls? Thumbs up to Verizon.

“Inspire Her Mind” is part of a Verizon campaign to attract more girls to the STEM fields, which include science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These areas have traditionally attracted far more males than females. This empowering commercial is a great…

Real-life Teenage Heroes.  This kid showed who and what he really was - what CHARACTER!
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A 15-Year-Old Boy Paid An Elderly Woman 700$. You Gotta Know The Reason Why

Real-life Teenage Heroes. This kid showed who and what he really was - what CHARACTER!

This 15 year old christian had seen his estranged father in the news for robbing an old woman. What he did next is so brave and kind of him. He repaid all stolen money that his father had stolen from the 78…

Beautifully written, carefully thought out, and obviously sincere.  This well-spoken young man should have a bright futu...
08/20/2015
The Mormon Church Is Threatening to Leave Scouting. That Would Be a Mistake.

Beautifully written, carefully thought out, and obviously sincere. This well-spoken young man should have a bright future.

When I became an Eagle Scout four years ago, nobody knew I was gay—I was still in the process of accepting it myself. If I had told anyone, I would not have been given the award, despite a decade of involvement with scouting, countless hours with dozens of volunteers installing...

Watch it for sure, but if you really want to be blown away, read the article too.  I expect major awards coming for this...
06/15/2015
The Powerful Message Behind The 'Bad Blood' Music Video

Watch it for sure, but if you really want to be blown away, read the article too. I expect major awards coming for this production but that pales in the presence of such a powerful, and empowering message. Under this video is a photo scroll that tells you who each character - all famous - is. I WAS OVERWHELMED with how amazing this is.

We were all gearing up for this video as Taylor heightened our excitement by tweeting, Instagram-ing and Tumblr-ing myriads of posters of each one of the of characters that would guest star. However, we weren't emotionally prepared when she actually released it because not only did the video slay in…

This Is How Teen Girls Experience Street Harassment
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This Is How Teen Girls Experience Street Harassment

This Is How Teen Girls Experience Street Harassment

"Sexual harassment makes me feel unsafe and angry." That's what 15-year-old Elizabeth has to say in an imMEDIAte Justice documentary about street harassment. ImMEDIAte Justice, a voluntee

06/15/2015

June Late Night - Arts District Summer Block Party. Friday, June 19th from 6PM - Midnight. The Teen Takeover of Late Nights and annual Summer Block Party with Superhero theme. Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art will be open. Courtyard Sale. 2 Films: Batman and The Avenger. 2 Talks: The Physics of Superheroes and Wonder Woman: Creation, History, and the Female Superhero. Late Night Tours: The Green Lantern Emotional Spectrum. Performance in the Galleries. More.

Great way to connect with family!
04/27/2015
The Virtues of Microadventures

Great way to connect with family!

The author Alastair Humphreys preaches the gospel of short, perspective-shifting bursts of travel closer to home.

Congratulations and thank you for being such an inspiration for young women the world over!  A true asset-builder, Loret...
04/27/2015
Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

Congratulations and thank you for being such an inspiration for young women the world over! A true asset-builder, Loretta Lynch is the first African-American woman to become U.S. Attorney General!

WASHINGTON -- Loretta Lynch was sworn in as U.S. attorney general on Monday, becoming the first African-American woman to fill the position. "It seems like such an understatement to say my heart is full, but it is," Lynch said. "I h...

Asset Builder of the Month!
04/14/2015
Superstar Christian Taylor

Asset Builder of the Month!

Our new Superstar Christian Taylor encourages kids to say NO to underage drinking because he knows the importance of what you put in your body. Read more about his good decision making here!

Hey all. Check out this amazing young lady... Killing it on New Zealand's X Factor.  Setting the bar and motivating wome...
04/14/2015
Neece

Hey all. Check out this amazing young lady... Killing it on New Zealand's X Factor. Setting the bar and motivating women of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities, and more... WE LOVE YOU Nyssa Collins!

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Can't stop looking at this -- it's totally mind-boggling!
07/18/2014

Can't stop looking at this -- it's totally mind-boggling!

This pic is driving me crazy, beautiful piece of art!

06/30/2014
Hit104.9 The Border

Forget the resume! Just send a prospective employer something like this and the job will be yours!

This Guy has got some pretty mad editing skills!

The Wiggle Wiggle part... :D

06/30/2014

I've posted 16 examples of amazing careers cut short because of drug use. Most of them resulted in death. Unfortunately, this only touches the surface of the number of famous drug-related deaths and does not even address the MILLIONS of non-celebrity lives reuined by drugs.

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IF YOU STILL THINK DRUGS ARE COOL SERIES...

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IF YOU STILL THINK DRUGS ARE COOL SERIES...Len Bias -- This basketball star was selected to play for the Celtics in the ...
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IF YOU STILL THINK DRUGS ARE COOL SERIES...

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The 40 Developmental Assets for Youth 12-18 20 EXTERNAL ASSETS SUPPORT ASSETS 1. Family Support | Family life provides high levels of love and support. 2. Positive Family Communication | Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents. 3. Other Adult Relationships | Young person receives support from three or more non-parent adults. 4. Caring Neighborhood | Young person experiences caring neighbors. 5. Caring School Climate | School provides a caring, encouraging environment. 6. Parent Involvement in Schooling | Parent(s) are actively involved in helping the child succeed in school. EMPOWERMENT ASSETS 7. Community Values Youth | Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth. 8. Youth as Resources | Young people are given useful roles in the community. 9. Service to Others | Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week. 10. Safety | Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood. BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS ASSETS 11. Family Boundaries | Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts. 12. School Boundaries | School provides clear rules and consequences. 13. Neighborhood Boundaries | Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior. 14. Adult Role Models | Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior. 15. Positive Peer Influence | Young person's best friends model responsible behavior. 16. High Expectations | Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well. CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME ASSETS 17. Creative Activities | Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts. 18. Youth Programs | Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations. 19. Religious Community | Young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution. 20. Time at Home | Young person is out with friends "with nothing special to do" two or fewer nights per week. 20 INTERNAL ASSETS COMMITMENT TO LEARNING ASSETS 21. Achievement Motivation | Young person is motivated to do well in school. 22. School Engagement | Young person is actively engaged in learning. 23. Homework | Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day. 24. Bonding to School | Young person cares about her or his school. 25. Reading for Pleasure | Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week. POSITIVE VALUES ASSETS 26. Caring | Young Person places high value on helping other people. 27. Equality and Social Justice | Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty. 28. Integrity | Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs. 29. Honesty | Young person "tells the truth even when it is not easy." 30. Responsibility | Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility. 31. Restraint | Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs. SOCIAL COMPETENCIES ASSETS 32. Planning and Decision Making | Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices. 33. Interpersonal Competence | Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills. 34. Cultural Competence | Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds. 35. Resistance Skills | Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations. 36. Peaceful Conflict Resolution | Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently. POSITIVE IDENTITY ASSETS 37. Personal Power | Young person feels he or she has control over "things that happen to me." 38. Self-Esteem | Young person reports having a high self-esteem. 39. Sense of Purpose | Young person reports that "my life has a purpose." 40. Positive View of Personal Future | Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.

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