Assets in Action: August is Assets month

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Welcome to Assets month. That’s right, the month of August will be proclaimed Asset building month for 2012.
The Los Alamos County Council will issue a formal proclamation at their meeting Aug. 7.
The truth is, a lot of hard work goes into this program and to have the work recognized by the County Council, means a great deal.
This work is a combined effort of both the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and runs throughout the community.
We do a lot of work with Los Alamos Public Schools, and for that I am grateful. This year, we will have Asset Ambassadors at each site, with a variety of resources at their fingertips for staff and families.
Now, I need to rally the community to embed this work much deeper. I need to identify community members willing to host trainings, help work on community strategies or be ambassadors in the community.
Due to a straining economy, the Assets budget has been reduced by $5,000, but we still intend to do even more with less.
Smith’s Food and Drug has stepped up to do a Change for Change coin drive during August, which is a great way to help further our work in the community.
It allows me to demonstrate that even a few coins left over from your purchase will make a big difference in our work.
We need to know what you feel needs to be done and what you do to make a difference in the lives of youth.
If we don’t demonstrate that throughout the course of the year, our work will come to an end when the school year comes to an end.
So how can we help you? What do you need? If you need to know about assets in general, let us help.
We have the assets available by grade level, programs for the family, in the workplace and more.
If you are struggling with teenagers, we are ready to launch a program for that too, but there is only so much time in the day and we need to work where the need or the interest is demonstrated most.
I love this work and as corny as it sounds, know this is my “calling,” if you can believe it. I believe I was meant to do this and can teach anyone the basics.
It isn’t that you aren’t doing it. For many, it’s about keeping it in the forefront of their minds.
Oh and by the way, I wrote three thank you notes last week (for those who recall the column from last week).
Happy Assets month everyone, let’s get to work.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets In Action Coordinator for Los Alamos, sponsored by the JJAB and the Chamber of Commerce. Visit their website at AssetsInAction.info and to learn about A Night in Italy fundraiser to benefit the program.