Asset Building Achievement Motivation
Tip of the Month:
Commitment to Learning
(for adolescents 12-18)
Young person is motivated to do well in school.
Actively engaged in learning.
Reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.
Bonding to School
Cares about his or her school.
Reading for Pleasure
Reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
|40 Developmental Assets®
promotes & integrates Search Institute's Developmental Assets® approach in our programming to further positive youth development in Portland.
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"Do You Believe In Me?"A must-see video found on YouTube of a powerful speech that a young boy by the name of Dalton
Sherman gives to 20,000 educators at the Dallas Independent School District on the opening day
of school for teachers.
|National Grant Opportunities
Sparkplug Foundation Grants Program
"Sparkplug aims to support projects that deal with 'the whole student' and
with learning as a community activity. We're especially interested in supporting
critical and investigative thinking, and projects that address class disparities
Visit Sparkplug Foundation
ING Unsung Heroes®:
Rewarding Excellence in America's Schools
"Do you or does someone you know have a creative, unique educational
program that is helping students reach new heights? Or is there a
program you'd like to implement, if only you had the proper funding?"
View the Application (PDF)
Lowe's "Toolbox for Education" Program
"Lowe's will donate $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups - at more than 1,000 different public schools per school year. Click here to see if you are eligible!"
National Call for Nominations:
Teen Wellness Leaders
"The YMCA of the USA and Amway
Global are launching the Search for Teen Wellness Leaders - a program that
encourages and rewards teens who are making a difference in community wellness..."
Find Out More
2009 State Farm Service-Learning Champion Award
"The State Farm Service-Learning Champion Award recognizes a business leader,
community member or public official who has a passion for engaging youth in
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nurturing and healthy relationships, environments and programs that
encourage positive youth development and enable all young people in
Greater Portland to live substance free.
|Between September 22 & 23 over 600 Cumberland County 6th Graders participated in the 1st ever Substance Abuse Prevention Awareness/Healthy Choices Program at the Cumberland County Fair. With an interactive presentation from the Project Aware Players, a demonstration by area K-9 units and a performance by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - it was an exciting time for all involved!
FMI about the 6th grade program, contact Chanda at Communities Promoting Health Coalition/PROP
Westbrook 6th graders interacting with the Project Aware Players as they discuss the impact substance abuse has on teens and their lives.
Sheriffs show off K-9 Sam's skills; Westbrook officers talk to 6th graders about the benefits of making healthy choices.
The RCMP finished off the day with their astonishingly impressive & captivating "Musical Ride."
|Local Programs Building Assets: News & Highlights
|Asset Building is Putting OMOP on the Map!
OMOP is committed to integrating the Developmental Assets approach into our work and in doing so we've been added to the Search Institute's national map of Asset Building initiatives. Check it out!
Portland Skatepark Design Selected
"The city's Skatepark Planning Committee announced the winning design...nicknamed "crop circles" for its space ship-like layout..." If you'd like more info about the Skatepark or the 'Buy A Brick' program..." where "supporters can buy $50 bricks that will be used to build the park. Donations are tax-deductible. Each brick can be inscribed by the donor. Visit portlandmaine.gov/skatepark
Greater Bangor Law Enforcement Call For Pre-K Expansion to
Reduce Dropouts, Prevent Violence
"Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia, Veazie Police
Chief Mark Leonard and Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross hosted a
special "Back to School" news conference...to address the issue of high school
dropout rates and its connection to violent crime." More from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in Maine
"Bonny Eagle High School...recently began accepting
donations of new and gently used semi-formal and formal dresses for the
[Cinderella's Closet] program.'This project's about getting dresses into the hands of people who will
enjoy them,' said Pearson. 'I hope that it continues to grow and that
we can excite the people around us to help with donations so that girls
can feel beautiful and enjoy themselves.'"
*People can donate semi-formal dresses, formal gowns, shoes and
accessories to Cinderella's Closet by e-mailing Meghan Pearson or Erin Crimmin. More from the Portland Press Herald
3rd Annual Maine Boys Network Conference
"On Friday, October 17, 2008, the Maine Boys Network will host "To A Higher Degree III: Effective Strategies for Promoting the Academic Success of Boys,"
its third annual conference on the educational challenges facing boys. The event
will take place at Bates Collegein Lewiston, Maine, and anyone interested in
learning more about the educational challenges facing male youth is welcome to
attend." Click Here FMI or to register online.
|Community & Parent Education Opportunities
|Pam Leo's Connection Parenting Series: "Meeting the Needs of Children"
parents, teachers, childcare providers and all those involved with
children who want to bring more understanding, love, and joy to their
relationships with children of all ages." Topics: Teaching Children Respect, Communication that Builds Relationships, The Needs of Parents and MORE! Details: Seven Thursdays ~ Oct. 9th through Dec. 4th, 2008 from 6:30 - 8pm at The YAI Family Center, 50 Lydia Lane, South Portland. FMI Contact 839-6478 or visit the Connection Parenting Calendar.
Windham Adult Ed Presents: "Internet Safety: Keeping an Eye on Your Kids"
of the increased concern that young people are putting themselves in
danger by divulging personal information on Internet sites like
MySpace.com, it's important for parents to monitor their usage. This workshop will cover:
Websites & online chat sites, concerns about child predators, abbreviations and acronyms, ways to help young people be responsible
online, Q & A and more! When: Thursday October 30th @ Windham HS from 6:30-8:30pm. Email Cathy FMI or visit Windham Adult Ed's website.
|Get Pampered for a Good Cause!
|Crossroads for Women will host a fabulous fundraiser at
the Head Games salon in Portland on
Saturday, November 1st. From 3:00pm - 8:00pm friends, colleagues, clients, board, staff and other supporters are invited to the salon for a
stylish hair and spa party. To show your support, all you need to do is make an appointment for any service during our time slot from 3:00pm - 8:00pm. There will be free refreshments and snacks. And all the proceeds from the event
will go to the agency!
Make it a girls night out and bring your friends or family with you.Head Games offers lots of great services,
including hair, nails, skin, makeup, waxing and massage at all price levels. Call Head Games directly at 207.773.8393 to make an appointment. FMI, email Jen Barbour.
|Positive Coaching Alliance: "Transforming Youth Sports so Sports Can Transform Youth"
"Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a nonprofit
organization founded at Stanford University with the mission to
transform youth sports so sports can transform youth. PCA was created
to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the
opportunity for a positive, character-building experience." Check Out PCA!
"The Partnership for a Drug-Free America and Major League Baseball are proud
to introduce a new online resource to educate teens about the dangers of
steroids and other performance enhancing substances and encourage them to 'Play
Healthy.' Download the free Talk Kit or visit drugfree.org/playhealthy to learn how to keep the teens
in your life on the healthy track."
|National News & Publications
|If you are interested in joining one of our meetings or if you would like more information about OMOP, please contact Ronni at 756-8116
feel free to email Amanda your program updates and/or events--we love sharing!