April Asset of the Month

Have you talked to a child about how you care for those outside your family? Your volunteer efforts?  Who other than your family deserves a hand? When you explain why you care for others, children build the protective factor of compassion and tolerance. 


The April Asset of the Month is #26 Caring.  Each month La Plata County focuses on building one of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets

Developmental Asset of the Month

Asset #26       Caring | Young person places high value on helping other people.

Local Data: 59% of La Plata County youth report high value in helping others. (Assets Survey 2015)

Essential Question: In what ways do I model helping those outside my own family?

Tips for increasing the value of helping others:

  • Read to your children about individuals and organizations that work to promote positive change in our country and around the world. Let your child choose a cause they care about and donate as a family.
  • Investigate service opportunities where you and your child can volunteer together. Teens can choose a cause they believe in and become an ongoing volunteer on their own.
  • Affirm your child when they act in caring and responsible ways to reinforce your service values.

Source: Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

To schedule a Developmental Assets Workshop for youth and/or adults or a presentation of La Plata County Assets data, contact Cody Goss at cody@ourhealthycommunities.org

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