Rebecca Reichlin, Four Valleys Community School Coordinator, was on the Peninsula last week to present the "Building Assets in Youth" workshop for the Soldotna Community Schools.
At Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber luncheon, Reichlin guided an attentive audience through a few of the program's disciplines. "Actually this is not a program. It's a framework developed out of years of research from the Search Institute of Minneapolis which has been solely dedicated to working with our youth for the last 28 years," said Reichlin.
The development of the framework emanated from the research done among some 500,000 youth nationwide and is a common sense approach to working with youth and becoming involved with their lives. "We are asking people to step up to the plate and become involved and to be one of the five important adults in some youths life. Whether it is their own child, grandchild, neighbor, or a child down the street, to provide the time with that child to do the practical things of mentoring the child to succeed and give back to their community in positive ways," added Reichlin.
At the conclusion of her presentation Reichlin passed out a metal washer to all willing to commit to a simple action, "If take a washer today it means that you are willing to observe and when you see a young person performing a positive act, or community service, walk up to them and tell them that you appreciate what they did and give them the washer with the condition that they pass it on to someone they see doing a like responsible action. Imagine the ripple effect this can create," explained Reichlin.
For materials on the Building Assets in Youth framework, contact Rosie Reeder at the Soldotna Community Schools at 262-6768.
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