Assets in Action: Searching for a sense of identity

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Positive Identity kicks off the Asset building month of December. It will carry over into January too, so we will dive a little deeper, as we wade through this category.
The positive identity category encapsulates assets 37 through 40 and are labeled as follows:
37. Personal power — This is when a young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”
38.Self-esteem — Young person reports having a high self-esteem.
39. Sense of purpose — This is when a young person reports that “my life has a purpose.”
40. Positive view of personal future — This is when a young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.
This month, it is easy to demonstrate all levels of caring, for family for friends and for those in need. A good portion of your identity can be wrapped up in how you treat others and in turn, how they treat you.
It is important for our youth to see adults model the ability to have a positive identity too and it can be equally hard not to show a sense of identity wrapped up in buying the latest purse the newest pair of headphones, or having the latest this or that.
The commercial that makes me crazy right now, is the one that encourages everyone to trade that cell phone in every six months, because you deserve it and you shouldn’t wait. AAUUGGHH!!
What are we saying to our youth when new isn’t new enough?
The last cellphone I had was a hand me down and was probably six years old. It just wasn’t working properly, or I would still have it today.
So pay attention to what you do and say for the next month and hold the mirror up to yourself.
If you have children, especially young ones and they aren’t acting very kind, are they being treated kind?
Remember the old saying, “Monkey see, monkey do?” So, how do you do?

Assets In Action is sponsored by the JJAB and the LACDC. Remember to nominate your favorite community hero by going to the website at AssetsInAction.info.