YOU Can Make a Difference for Kids!

You may mark several of the below statements.  Many of them are everyday, routine things people do.  They seem like “no big deal.” But while they may not seem that important or life-changing, these kinds of actions can add up to make a big difference in young people’s lives.

Think back over the past few weeks.  Which of these things did you do?

1.  Drove carefully to keep kids safe, whether they were riding with you or playing near the street.

2.  Called a niece, nephew, grandchild, or  child to say “hi” and to see how he or she was doing.

3.  Read a book to a child.

4.  Gave back the extra money when a cashier gave you the wrong change, then talked to a young person about why you did it.

5.  Got  on the floor to play with a baby or toddler.

6.  Reminded a child or teenager that it’s important to respect others.

7.  Encouraged a young person to do her or his best.mentoring 2

8.  Stopped to talk with young people in your neighborhood or workplace.

9.  Helped a child or teenager with a homework assignment or school project.

10.  Included a child or teenager in a decision in your family, neighborhood, or organization.

11.  Asked a young person to stop doing something that was inappropriate.

12.  Said “good job” to a young person after he or she really worked hard on something.

13.  Volunteered to work with children or teenagers in a school, youth organization, community agency, or congregation.

14.  Cheered at a child’s or teenager’s sports game, concert, play or other performance.

15.  Talked with a child or about what he or she wants to do in life.

16.  Helped a young person work through a conflict.


The 40 ASSETs all kids need to Succeed!

A – ACT NOW Don’t wait until you have more time, more skills, more opportunities.  Take a fresh look at how you can use the little opportunities that come up in your everyday routine.

S – SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS You already have gifts, talents, and traits that can be valuable for asset building.  Identify those and start sharing them with kids.

S – STRETCH YOURSELF It’s good to start with things that fit into your everyday routine, but don’t stop there.  As you get more comfortable building assets, find ways to make it a more intentional, focused part of your life.

E – EXPERIMENT Try something new.

T – TELL OTHERS ABOUT IT The more people know about assets and start intentionally building them, the better communities will be for kids.


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