Assets In Action: Teens may also be worried about government shutdown

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Our Asset of the week is number four, Caring Neighborhood. This is very simply defined as a neighborhood where the young person experiences caring neighbors.
Our 2009 data listed 39 percent of our youth feeling like they had this Asset in their lives. Our 2013 data shows only 38 percent.
While that may be too close to call, either way, that number is still in the wrong direction. I would hope that four years later, we may be trending up.
I love to hear stories of how people in the community try to build this Asset for youth, of all ages.
I have heard stories of people walking younger children to school and saying hello to teens waiting for the bus, adults extending an invitation to youth to community events and more.
Now my favorite Asset building activity is called Cookies and Conversation. It now takes place monthly at both Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School.
Last week was the first installment of the program at the middle school. We waited patiently for the move into the new facility and the result was awesome.
While the ratio of kids to adults tends to be about equal, we had 19 young people and three adults along for the fun.
We devoured sandwiches, cookies and Halloween candy all the while discussing music, movies, cookies, vacations and more.

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