Month: January 2016

Asset of the Month Project

Developmental Asset of the Month Asset #24       Bonding to School | Young person cares about her or his school. Local Data: 72% of La Plata County youth report caring about their school as described in Asset #24.  (Assets Survey 2014) Essential Question: How do I reinforce a positive school experience for my child? Tips for […]

Maker Movement’ Brings New Energy to Out-of-School Science and Art

“Do you want to try this?” asks 11th-grader Gabi Urschel, as she stands inside a booth labeled “Alan Likes Science.” It’s a gray drizzly day, but throngs of people are moving from booth to booth along McDonough Street in the Decatur suburb of Atlanta. In Gabi’s booth, two metal plates are linked by a voltmeter. […]

Potential Opportunities for Out-of-school Time in New Education Law

As the Every Student Succeeds Act goes into effect, out-of-school time providers could have a new opportunity. A provision of the law requires more stakeholders to be consulted when states are creating their Title I plans. The law requires “meaningful consultation” with parties that could range from governors and state legislators to parents, teachers and […]

Ignacio students struggle on new standardized tests

The Ignacio school district learned it has serious work to do after seeing its Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test results. The district’s single best score – 10th-grade English and language arts – showed 26 percent of Ignacio students met or exceeded expectations. Sixth graders in math scored the lowest, with […]

The Most Effective Prevention for Teen Substance Use Not Widely Deployed: Report

WASHINGTON — Though the most effective policies have been identified to fight substance abuse in teens, states don’t use them widely enough, public health researchers say in a new report. The Trust for America’s Health, a public health nonprofit based in Washington, says in its report that dealing with substance use is more than teaching […]

Talking to a Doctor about Substance Use

If you are like most people, you are reluctant to raise the issue of using addictive substances with your doctor. Unfortunately, most doctors have been reluctant to raise the issue with you as well. Most people, including doctors, are woefully uninformed about this public health problem or the disease that can result — addiction. The […]

Childhood Obesity Prevention Serves as Framework to Address Adolescent Substance Use

Adolescence is a developmental period of growth and great potential, but it is also a time of risk-taking and experimentation — including the use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD). While AOD use is a normative behavior among American teenagers, and in many ways a rite of passage to adulthood, not all youth emerge from […]

Asset of the Month Project

“The Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, […]