day brings new experiences in the life of a child
as he or she learns new things. As children face
the excitement and the challenges of new activities
they look to you, the care taking adults, for guidance,
stability and structure in a nurturing environment. By
focusing on building the 40 developmental assets
you can help children grow in a healthy and balanced
direction while contributing to the foundation they
need in order to be successful in their future.
are some suggestions on how to be an asset builder
for the children in your out-of-school time program:
every child's name, and make an effort to give each
child one on one attention.
often and greet each child when they arrive, it helps
to make them feel welcomed.
kids physically safe as well as emotionally safe. Create
an environment where children feel comfortable and
that everyone treat one another with respect.
appropriate boundaries and rules and stick to them.
to develop leadership skills in young people.
ways each child can participate even if he or she
is not particularly skilled in that activity.
handling disputes or arguments between young people
encourage peaceful conflict resolution.
kids doing things right. Quickly praise their efforts;
the best feedback is immediate and positive. Violence
is never an option.
up "cliques" by mixing up specific groups during
the appropriate way to deal with emotions by staying
patient and calm.
and trust the young people you work with, they will
most likely reciprocate your behavior.
children to try new activities, but don't force them. Some
children warm up to new things slower than others
children do things you don't like or you disapprove
of, tell them why you don't want them to act that
way and what you would like them to do differently.
yourself to be the best leader you can, your impact
on their lives is immeasurable. Help to make a lasting
impression with great memories that they can hold