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? Asset nomination form, click here.
Developmental Asset for January 2018 : Asset #9 Service To Others
Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community.
He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.
By helping others, young people learn to help themselves
To many young people, the world is small. It’s made up of their school, home, and neighborhood. They may assume all schools are like their school. And, when they’re very young, they may think the world revolves around them. But when young people start to reach out and help others, their world grows and so does their confidence. In fact, many young people report that when they give of their time and energy, they receive much in return. Serving others can help kids feel good about themselves and that they can make a difference in the world..
Here are the facts
Research shows that young people who serve others in the community for one or more hours a week are more apt to be respectful of others, helpful and kind, and patient. They also tend to value diversity. About 48 percent of young people, ages 11–18, serve in the community one hour or more a week, according to Search Institute surveys. Encourage all young people to recognize the value of helping others.
Tips for building this asset
The best way to teach young people the value of helping others is to be a role model. Activities such as providing a meal to a new parent, driving a neighbor to an appointment, or babysitting can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Look for service opportunities to do with a young person. Join organizations that involve—and provide leadership roles for—both young people and adults.
Also try this
In your home and family: Together, think of 10 ways your family can serve others. Choose one idea. Pick a date to do the activity. Afterward, talk about your experience.
In your neighborhood and community: Join or support an organization that teaches (and provides opportunities for) serving others.
In your school or youth program: Seek learning opportunities for students and group members to engage in community service projects. Also bring community resources into the classroom or program setting.
- Barclay: Betty Lawlor
- Bridge Valley: Katharine Melberger
- Buckingham: Brian Rosica
- Butler: Jack Anderson
- Cold Spring: Jen St. George/Ann Smith
- Doyle: Sue Salvenson
- Gayman: Susan Vass
- 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