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Irving Recreation Center              After School Newsletter                     October 2010
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Student Advisory Board Selected
Congratulations to the following after school program participants who were recently appointed to the Irving Recreation Center Student Advisory Board (S.A.B.):
6th Grade: Alexis T., Alyssa P., Chloe N., Jenny E., Kathryn B., & Serena V. 7th Grade: Franklin K., Keagan A., & Raina E. 8th Grade: Ethan B., Jaden K., Joseph H., & Skyler G. 
Student Advisory Board members represent the Irving Middle School student body and work with staff to make sure Irving Rec. Center is a great place for everyone!
RECognized Student of the Month
Irving Rec. Center is pleased to announce our October RECognized Student of the Month: Alexis T. Alexis is active in many Rec. Center activities.  She participates in Rec Chefs, 6th Grade Volleyball, Girl Scouts, Express Yourself, Homework Room, and recently began volunteering through the Help Wanted program. Alexis is always safe, respectful, and responsible. Congratulations, Alexis!
Positive Youth Development
Irving Recreation Center is dedicated to offering young people the supports and experiences necessary to grow up happy and successful. Each month's email from the Rec. Center will include ideas for how everyone can respond to the changes and challenges of raising our kids in positive, healthy ways. This month we introduce Developmental Assets, the primary framework for Positive Youth Development used by Irving Rec. Center.
Everyone has the power to help young people succeed
The secret to helping children and youth grow into happy, healthy, and responsible adults isn't really a secret at all. Simply make a point to connect with young people: Get to know them, talk to them, understand them, help them, and build relationships with them. As a caring, trusted adult, you'll be better able to provide the building blocks young people need to succeed and reach their goals. Adult role models, guides, and friends are very important to young people. With your help, young people can begin to understand themselves and the world around them. We all know growing up isn't always easy. That's why young people need adults like you in their lives. 
Here are the facts
Research from Search Institute identifies 40 Developmental Assets that have a powerful, positive impact on young people. Children and teenagers who have high levels of these assets get involved in fewer risky behaviors and are much more likely to exhibit the positive values, such as leadership, good health, diversity, and success in school. The bad news is most young people don't have enough assets. About 59 percent of young people, ages 11-18, have 20 or fewer Developmental Assets, according to Search Institute surveys.The good news is we can change this because we all have the power to build assets in young people's lives.
Understanding Developmental Assets
The eight asset categories Search Institute has found crucial in helping young people grow up healthy include:

Support: Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them.
Empowerment: Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected.

Boundaries and Expectations: Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best.
Constructive Use of Time: Young people need opportunities--outside of school--to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults.
Commitment to Learning: Young people need a sense of the lasting importance of learning and a belief in their own abilities.
Positive Values: Young people need to develop strong guiding values to help them make healthy life choices.        
Social Competencies: Young people need the skills to interact effectively with others, to make difficult decisions, and to cope with new situations.
Positive Identity: Young people need to believe in their own self-worth and to feel they have control over the things that happen to them.
Each of these categories involves specific assets that help young people grow up healthy.
Want to know more about the 40 Developmental Assets and ideas for helping young people build them? Visit
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Take care,

Dan Payzant
Center Director
Developmental Assets® are positive factors within young people, families, communities, schools, and other settings that research has found to be important in promoting the healthy development of young people. From Instant Assets: 52 Short and Simple E-Mails for Sharing the Asset Message. Copyright © 2007 by Search Institute®, 877-240-7251; This message may be reproduced for educational, noncommercial uses only (with this copyright line). All rights reserved.