Building assets is the accumulation of thousands of moments in life in which a young person is valued, respected and known. Moments take seconds. Here are 10 ways to connect with young people and adults:
1 second Smile
2 seconds Smile and make eye contact
3 seconds Smile, make eye contact, stand tall, and wave
4 seconds Greet the person: Say Hi, Hello, Hola, Good to see you, Good morning…
5 seconds Introduce yourself: “My name is ____,” “What’s yours?” Shake hands
6 seconds Ask: “How’s it going?” “What’s new?”
7 seconds Laugh together and share a joke or funny story.
8 seconds Just be nice. Give someone a compliment.
9 seconds Ask a question, What do you like to do?
10 seconds Shine the light on someone doing something right. Notice, name and celebrate a positive action.
Developmental assets are experiences, values, relationships, opportunities and competencies. Don’t let the seconds pass you by. It only takes one second to make a difference and build connection, belonging, and support.