Category Archives: Junior / High School

Developmental Asset #10: Safety

Adolescents do better in all areas if they feel safe and secure in their homes, schools, and neighbourhoods. It is also vitally important that they be well-informed about safety now that they are becoming more independent. Here are some ways you can help create a safe and secure environment for your adolescent, but remember, you’re not alone – seek help

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Developmental Asset #9: Service to Others

This is closely related to Developmental Asset #8: Youth As Resources. Young people are empowered when they have opportunities to serve others, especially when it becomes part of their regular routine. There are many ways for your adolescent to provide meaningful service. Here are just a few.   Encourage your teen to organize or join a cleanup crew for a

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Developmental Asset #8: Youth As Resources

A community serves its young people well when it treats them as valuable resources. As parents, teachers, and community members, here are a few ways you can empower adolescents by giving them useful roles.   If you’re in charge of a charity fundraiser, celebration, or other event, involve your teenagers. Give them meaningful tasks so that they can contribute to

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Developmental Asset #7: Community Values Youth

It is an asset for adolescents to perceive that they are valued by the adults in their community. As an adult member of your own community, here are a few ways you can contribute to the empowerment of your community’s youth.   When a teen worker serves or helps you at a local business, greet them warmly and give them

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Developmental Asset #6: Parental Involvement in Schooling

If you are a Phoenix family, this is part of your way of life. One of our core philosophies at Phoenix is that parents are the primary educators of their children. From Grade 7 on, students need to be given more opportunities to work independently, but that does not mean they can learn effectively without adult supervision. As the primary

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Developmental Asset #5: Caring School Climate

If you’re a Phoenix family, you’ve already got this one pretty well covered! Anytime young people gather in one place, though, it’s important to keep an eye out for bullying, peer pressure, and other interpersonal conflicts. This applies not just to schools, but to clubs, sports teams, church groups, and any other group to which your adolescent belongs. Here are

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Developmental Asset #4: Caring Neighbourhood

Having caring neighbours around helps young people feel safe and supported. As an adult, here are a few things you can do to support your neighbourhood kids, and to help build a caring neighbourhood for your own children.   Have a neighbourhood celebration or block party on the first and last day of each school year. Invite parents, youth, teachers,

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