Join us for an evening with nationally-acclaimed author, educator, and speaker Rachel Simmons!
“Failing Well: Raising Resilient Kids”
Tuesday, February 3rd – 7pm, Masconomet Auditorium
Success isn’t just about winning: it’s about who we are when we fall short. Today, kids and teens have never had more opportunity-or have ever seemed more fragile. When kids lack the skills to face down a challenge, recover from failure or adapt to change, they fall short of reaching their potential. In this talk, you’ll learn strategies you can use immediately to help your child become braver and interpret setbacks with more optimism. You’ll also learn how to explore your own relationship to failure, so that you can model resilience for your child. Register http://www.tritowncouncil.org. For a great article by Rachel, click HERE
DROP-IN Friday 2/6 9:30am – a follow up discussion to the Rachel Simmons talk on “Failing Well: Raising Resilient Kids.” T Whether you can attend Rachel’s talk or not, all will be able to engage in this conversation about strategies and concerns regarding building resiliency in our children. Drop-In Friday will be 2/6, 9:30am at the TTC Office, 49 Main Street,Topsfield, MA. No RSVP needed, just join us if you can.
HORIZONS After-School Enrichment – a few spots left! Fun activities to engage and learn. Go to http://www.tritowncouncil.org, Horizons tab – check individual school listings to see what is still available and for more info.
Healthy Kids = Healthy Communities
The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets will help our children grow! They are the fundamental building blocks of healthy social and emotional development. Assets are both external (resources, relationships and activities) that promote a positive environment for kids, and internal (values, skills, and beliefs) that young people need to develop so they can engage in the world around them and make safe and positive choices! Simply put, kids need these “developmental nutrients” – internal strengths and external upports- so that they can grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.
Where did “ASSETS” come from?
Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s many social scientists were studying how risky behaviors could derail young people as they moved toward adulthood. Peter Benson, the late CEO of the nationally recognized Search Institute, noticed that while researchers were getting better at naming all the effects of various risky behaviors, there wasn’t much conversation about what positive actions young people could take (or what positive supports adults could offer young people to help them thrive). With this new focus, Dr. Benson and his Search Institute colleagues re-examined the research, and identified 40 building blocks that common sense and educational studies affirmed as leading to positive outcomes.
What DIFFERENCE do Assets make?
Search Institute scientists have been collecting data about youth assets for years. But, instead of asking the question, which asset is the most important, they asked instead, do the number of assets a youth has make a difference? Not surprisingly, the answer is a resounding YES! Data consistently shows that kids – regardless of race, gender, socioeconomics and geographic location – who have fewer Assets are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like substance use and violence. However, kids with a high number of assets are much more likely to make healthy choices and do well in school! Assets have the power to PROTECT young people from risk behaviors, and Assets have the power to PROMOTE healthy, thriving behaviors in our kids. MORE IS BETTER! The more of these positive experiences children have in their lives, the greater the likelihood that they will succeed developmentally.
The power of US!
Building Assets isn’t just about having great families, schools, and neighborhoods. It’s about each one of us choosing to play a role in the raising of our kids. Most Assets are built through caring relationships, and community resources like schools, libraries, congregations, and community centers can provide a setting where lasting, caring relationships can begin to form between and among adults, teens, and kids. AND Asset building can happen at any age, anywhere, and anytime! Let us not forget that we all have something to offer young people, and in return we all will reap the rewards of a strong, vibrant, healthy community!
Looking for Asset Building ideas? Check out the weekly asset tips in your school’s newsletter!
More information about the 40 Assets and Asset Building can be found at www.search-institute.org