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Making youth a resource

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By The Staff

This week, we take a look at Asset #8, Youth as Resources. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are given useful roles in the community.”

This asset might be best understood by first approaching it from a family perspective. Do your children or grandchildren have tasks they do as a useful role in the family? Even if they don’t admit it, that’s where it all begins. Everyone needs to have a role in the family to feel like a valued part of it.

The same philosophy translates into the school environment or the community. Last October, the Los Alamos Middle School students pitched in to create a Pledge Garden at the school. As spring materializes, they will be asked to plant flowers to beautify their school and contribute to a useful project at the same time.

This task could easily be accomplished without the help of youth, but it wouldn’t have the same impact. The same garden wouldn’t grow without the continued effort of Mr. Dryja’s community service classes that diligently water the garden and some newly planted trees.  

Tap into a young person’s strengths and then see where it can take you. The Los Alamos Youth Leadership programs have three teams that will come together this weekend for the second annual LAYL Wild Day.


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