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Building Assets in your Kids
by Kelly Curtis.
I recently announced the great news about my book deal. It’s a book about youth empowerment, and will be published by Search Institute, the research organization dedicated to the 40 Developmental Assets.
Youth empowerment occurs when adults recognize young people as active and important participants in society. And this philosophy can be fostered in young children, as well as older kids. In the next few months, I’ll be focusing my attention on the four empowerment assets – Community values youth, Children as resources, Service to others and Safety.
In the meantime, I could use your help.
I’m looking for stories and examples of exceptional young people (grades 6-12) who are resources in their communities (leadership roles, fundraising entrepreneurs, community service, etc.) as well as the adults who empower these youth.
I’d love it if YOU would share any stories you’ve heard in your hometowns, or read in the newspaper or blogosphere, about young people doing great things, as well as the adults that support them. I received an outstanding response when I called for leads on my blog, so maybe you have stories to share as well??
Part of the book will be in the same vein as Pass the Torch Tuesday, but geared more toward pre-teens and teens, as well as the adults that create that empowering environment.
Please email me at EY (at) empowering (dash) youth (dot) com.
Thanks for your help, and I’ll see you again next month for Positively Speaking.
by Kelly Curtis
Pass the Torch
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