November Asset Building Challenge

This month's Asset Building Challenge is number six, Parent Involvement in Schooling.  An easy way to build this asset is to engage your child in talking about what is going on at school.  If they have homework, offer to help them with it or just figure out what needs to be done.  Is there a project due soon?  Maybe you can brainstorm together on ideas for that project and work on a plan to get it done early.  Are there any holiday celebrations coming up at school that your child might be excited about?

This month's Asset Building Challenge is number six, Parent Involvement in Schooling.  An easy way to build this asset is to engage your child in talking about what is going on at school.  If they have homework, offer to help them with it or just figure out what needs to be done.  Is there a project due soon?  Maybe you can brainstorm together on ideas for that project and work on a plan to get it done early.  Are there any holiday celebrations coming up at school that your child might be excited about?

Other things to do to help build on the asset of Parent Involvement in Schooling are:

1. Solicit young people’s input in all decisions that affect them. If you’re on a decision-making board, invite young people to be members or teen representatives – and then, really listen to what they have to say.

2. If you’re in charge of a fundraising or charity event, involve children or students somehow. They will learn by watching you in action but they will learn even more if they’re given a meaningful task to complete.

3. Encourage kids to mentor their peers. Teach them how they can help other youth by listening to them and giving them the skills to communicate effectively and work through problems appropriately.

4. One way to get involved in the community is to see what local organizations are looking for the help of youth! Take a look at Southington Serves, on Southington.org for volunteer opportunities. If you see something fitting for a teen you know, print the opportunity for them!