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Nominations due Friday for Asset achievement awards night at YMCA

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The YMCA YOUth and Families first Asset Achievement Awards Night will be May 8, to honor those who display the 40 Developmental Assets in the New Richmond community.

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Nominations for the awards will be accepted until Friday, April 25, at the YMCA in New Richmond.

Nominations are based on the 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents (ages 12-18) compiled by The Search Institute of Minneapolis. These assets are considered by the Institute to be the building blocks for young people to grow up healthy, caring and responsible.

Awards will be given to eight youth, eight adults and one business at R & D Banquet Center on May 8.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with social time. The New Richmond High School Jazz Band will perform.

At 7 p.m. dinner will be served and a keynote speaker will address the attendees at 7:45 p.m. Asset Achievement Awards will be given out at 8:30 p.m. followed by a raffle drawing to close the event.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students (age 18 and under). All proceeds will support youth programming in the New Richmond community. Tickets must be ordered by May 1 by calling the YMCA at 246-2252.

Sponsors are also being sought for the event. To date Domain, Inc., Doyle's Farm & Home, First National Community Bank, J.A. Counter & Associates, McDonald's, Mike and Linda Sajer and Westfields Hospital have committed sponsorships.

To nominate a person or business for the Asset Achievement Award, please contact Darian Blattner at 715-246-2252 by close of business Friday, April 25.

40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

EXTERNAL ASSETS

Support

Family support - Family life provides high levels of love and support.

Positive family communication - Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).

Other adult relationships - Young person receives support from three or more non-parent adults.

Caring neighborhood - Young person experiences caring neighbors.

Caring school climate - School provides a caring, encouraging environment.

Parent involvement in schooling - parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.

• EMPOWERMENT:

Community values youth -Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.

Youth as resources -Young people are given useful roles in the community.

Service to others -Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.

Safety -Young person feels safe at home, at school, and in the neighborhood.

•BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS:

Family boundaries - Family has clear rules and consequences, and monitors the young person's whereabouts.

School boundaries - School provides clear rules and consequences.

Neighborhood boundaries - Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people's behavior.

Adult role models -Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.

Positive peer influence - Young person's best friends model responsible behavior.

High expectations - Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.

• CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME:

Creative activities - Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.

Youth programs - Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations.

Religious community - Young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.

Time at home - Young person is out with friends "with nothing special to do" two or fewer nights per week.

INTERNAL ASSETS

Commitment to Learning

Achievement motivation - Young person is motivated to do well in school.

School engagement -Young person is actively engaged in learning.

Homework - Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.

Bonding to school - Young person cares about her or his school.

Reading for pleasure - Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.

• POSITIVE VALUES:

Caring - Young person places high value on helping other people.

Equality and social justice - Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.

Integrity - Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.

Honesty - Young person "tells the truth even when it is not easy."

Responsibility - Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.

Restraint - Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.

• SOCIAL COMPETENCIES:

Planning and decision making -Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.

Interpersonal competence -Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.

Cultural competence - Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.

Resistance skills - Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.

Peaceful conflict resolution - Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.

• POSITIVE IDENTITY:

Personal power - Young person feels he or she has control over "things that happen to me."

Self-esteem -Young person reports having a high self-esteem.

Sense of purpose - Young person reports that "my life has a purpose.""

Positive view of personal future - Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.

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