What Comes Around, Goes Around
The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of 9 chosen Developmental Assets for the school year. We are excited to announce our new community partner for this program – The Hattery Stove and Still of Doylestown, PA.
Central Bucks School District nominates over 1,000 elementary, middle, and high school students each year. Winners serve as a model to all students in the district and receive school recognition and are announced in the Bucks County Herald newspaper and The Backpack Newsflash, a monthly publication of CB Cares EF which reaches 20,000 school children and their families.
Want to nominate someone for the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award? Anyone can nominate a deserving student – complete the nomination form and submit to your school Boomerang Coordinator. Asset nomination form, click here.
Developmental Asset for March 2018 : Asset #21 Achievement Motivation. Young person is motivated to do well in school. NOMINATIONS ARE DUE FRIDAY MARCH 23RD
Doing your best always makes the grade
Do you know young people who always try their best in school, without rewards or punishments dangling over them? These students have found a reason to work hard; they have achievement motivation. Doing well academically means different things to different people. It doesn’t have to mean getting straight A’s or being the valedictorian. It does mean doing their best work and caring about their performance, whether they’re creating an art portfolio or writing an essay. There are plenty of reasons to work hard in school—getting good grades, making parents happy, or earning a spot on the honor roll. But the biggest incentive for young people to do their best—in school and out—comes from within: personal pride from knowing they gave it their all. Making an effort in school and other activities now, can give young people more reasons to feel proud later on.
Here are the facts
Research shows young people who try their best in school have better grades, are more likely to finish high school, and are better at managing stress. They’re also better at setting goals and more likely to enroll in college. About 65 percent of young people, ages 11–18, say they are motivated to do well in school, according to Search Institute surveys. Help young people understand how important school is so they study hard, pay attention, and do their homework.
Tips for building this asset
What drives the young people you know to do their best? Whatever their reasons, remind them that when they try their best they can always feel good about the results, no matter what the grade.
Also try this
In your home and family: Ask your child about what motivates her or him to succeed in school. Find out what challenges he or she faces and discuss ways to overcome them. Share any tips or advice you learned from your own school experience.
In your neighborhood and community: When you say, “What’s new at school?” to young people in your neighborhood, focus on their interests instead of their grades.
In your school or youth program: Discuss the following with young people: If your school or program awards letters for any subject or activity, what would you like yours to be in? Why?
- Barclay: Betty Lawlor
- Bridge Valley: Katharine Melberger
- Buckingham: Brian Rosica
- Butler: Jack Anderson
- Cold Spring: Jen St. George/Ann Smith
- Doyle: Sue Salvenson
- Gayman: Liz Meier
- Groveland: Michelle Fuentes/Matt Aldefer
- Jamison: Anne Carnhart
- Kutz: Michele Putnam
- Linden: Denise Dempsey
- Mill Creek: Laurie Hunter
- Pine Run: Michelle Fronheiser
- Titus: Jennifer Horan
- Warwick: Kristin Sleicher
- Holicong: Greg Striano
- Lenape: Christy Venters
- Tamanend: Lisa Mancini
- Tohickon: Diane Schute
- Unami: Lisa Canfield
- CB East: Luke Hadfield
- CB South: Matthew Gale
- CB West: David Hoffman