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 increasing school bonding:

  • Show you care about your child’s school by active involvement in parent-teacher groups, attendance at conferences, special events and volunteer in any way you can.
  • Express support and respect for teachers.
  • Listen to your teen if they complain about school to identify the specific problem they are experiencing so they can be empowered to change the situation.
  • Identify at least one caring adult at your child’s school who can be a family ally. Aim for at least five caring adults in your child’s life.

“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, increasingly, around the world.”

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