4 Fun and Easy Ways to Build Developmental Assets this Summer by Soma McCandless

1. Lemonade Stand- visit one or help your child start one!
• If you see a lemonade stand, please stop or at least wave.
• If your child is bored on a warm afternoon encourage them to make a lemonade stand. It may be a little messy but it can provide hours of fun for kids.
• Only supplies required are: lemons, water, sugar, cups, table, and some homemade signs

Assets that can be gained:
4. Caring Neighborhood – Young person experiences caring neighbors.
7. Community Values Youth – Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
13. Neighborhood Boundaries – Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
30. Responsibility – Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
32. Planning and Decision Making – Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
33. Interpersonal Competence – Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
38. Self-Esteem – Young person reports having a high self-esteem.

2. Library- make a visit today!
• Sometimes there are multiple libraries in the area you can visit, some are connected to a park, some have a fish tank, others are just plain cozy.
• Many libraries have summer reading contests.
• Some libraries have free programs with guest speakers, magicians, and animal shows offered throughout the summer.
• While your child is picking out books, grab a few for yourself too.

Assets that can be gained:
14. Adult Role Models – Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
16. High Expectations – Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
22. School Engagement – Young person is actively engaged in learning.
25. Reading for Pleasure – Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
22. School Engagement – Young person is actively engaged in learning.

3. Community service- take your child to any number of local facilities
• Together with your child chose a local facility that might interest your child (i.e. senior home, food bank, humane society, animal shelter)
• Take your child to the facility and ask what might be helpful to the organization.
• Go home and do your homework together and return with whatever was needed whether it’s a craft, a song, or donations.

Assets that can be gained:
7. Community Values Youth – Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
8. Youth as Resources – Young people are given useful roles in the community.
9. Service to Others – Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
26. Caring – Young person places high value on helping other people.
27. Equality and Social Justice – Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty
32. Planning and Decision Making – Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.

4. Block Party- plan one with the help of youth, its easy!
It doesn’t have to be gala or a wedding. All you need to do is:
• Let youth in the neighborhood help plan the party.
• Pick a time and date and notify all the neighbors in advance.
• Have everyone bring something to help share the load.

Assets that can be gained:
4. Caring Neighborhood – Young person experiences caring neighbors.
10. Safety – Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
13. Neighborhood Boundaries – Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
32. Planning and Decision Making – Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
37. Personal Power – Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”

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