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Tips to Help You Implement Asset #7: Community Values Youth
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Community Values Youth
Research shows that youth who feel valued in their community enjoy better mental health; a greater sense of personal control and optimism; reduced crime, violence and fighting; less substance abuse; and higher academic performance. Unfortunately, in Silicon Valley, Community Values Youth is by far the least reported asset. In Project Cornerstone's 2011 survey, only 33% of 4th-6th graders and 22% of 7th-12th graders reported that they feel valued by their community. To help raise awareness of the importance of communicating respect to young people, July is Community Values Youth month in Silicon Valley. Frequently, adults feel that youth already know that they're valued and appreciated, but the survey results show that this is not true. Young people are not fully connected to their community if they only feel that they are valued by the adults who they know. All adults in the community have a role to play in showing their support for youth! The following discussion topics can help you work with young people to identify the ways that the community does, and does not, provide them with this asset:
Community Values Youth is linked to other external assets. Children and teens will feel valued by the community when adults provide them with opportunities to make meaningful contributions, programs that help them make constructive use of their time, and support so that they feel important to the people in their world. The more effective that we are as a community at building assets in general, the more effective we will be at raising the levels of this asset. Activities The activities below are a starting point to help adults find ways to show youth that they are valued and appreciated. For families:
For all adults:
At school or in youth programs:
About the Asset-a-Month Program This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. The goals of the Silicon Valley Asset-a-Month program are to help align adults throughout our diverse community in their efforts to promote positive youth development by fostering developmental assets. For more information about the Asset-a-Month program, contact Project Cornerstone at (408) 351-6482 or email@example.com.