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 October 2017 : Asset #35 Resistance Skills
Young person can resist negative peer pressure and avoid dangerous situations
The art of resistance and reasoning
Learning resistance is one of the most important social skills to develop. This skill gives young people the confidence to say “no” to people or situations that make them uncomfortable. Learning to assert themselves also helps young people make their voices heard and express opinions. With these skills in hand young people make appropriate decisions and stand firm in what they believe. Resistance Skills is Asset 35 of Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, the qualities, experiences, and relationships that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.
Here are the facts
Research shows that young people who can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and focus on positive attitudes. About 41 percent of young people, ages 11–18, say they can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations, according to Search Institute surveys. Speaking up for themselves takes practice, but with your help, young people can learn to take a stand.
Tips for building this asset
Teach young people resistance skills, but also teach them the values that support why they would take a stand on an issue. Having many conversations with a teenager about drug use, sex, safety, and personal boundaries increases the chance he or she will make a safe choice when, for example, asked to ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking.
Also try this
In your home and family: Model and role-play resistance skills, specifying what to say or not say. Talk with your child about what was easy and what was difficult. Focus not only on how to resist, but also on what to say “yes” to.
In your neighborhood and community: Offer a safety net to the young people you know. Let them know they can call you if they feel pressured or tempted to do something unsafe or unhealthy.
In your school or youth program: Learn about people in the world who stood up for their values and resisted what everyone else was doing (such as Rosa Parks and Gandhi). Discuss why they were able to do so.
- Barclay: Betty Lawlor
- Bridge Valley: Katharine Melberger
- Buckingham: Brian Rosica
- Butler: Jack Anderson
- Cold Spring: TBA
- Doyle: Sue Salvenson
- Gayman: Susan Vass
- Groveland: Michelle Fuentes/Matt Aldefer
- Jamison: Anne Carnhart
- Kutz: Lauren Meekins/Liz Niszczak
- 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