Southington’s Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) is a community coalition of town agencies and leaders that initiated a coordinated response to risky behaviors in Southington’s youth. The group decided on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Asset framework as the model to use to help build a safety net around Southington’s youth. Assets are building blocks of human development. The more assets students have, the better. Youth who have a higher number of assets are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. What do children need to succeed? Adults who care. The responsibility lies within all of us – parents, educators, community leaders – to build assets in kids.
ASSET BUILDING CLASSROOMS at DES
Assets of the Month
Caring school climate: School provides a caring, encouraging environment.
Bonding to School: Young person cares about his or her school.
High Expectations: Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
Parent Involvement in Schooling: Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.
Cultural Competence: Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Adult Role Models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
Planning and Decision Making: Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices…
Youth as Resources: Young people are given useful roles in the community.
Homework: Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day. (GOAL-every student completes assigned homework.)
Reading for Pleasure: Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
Positive View of Personal Future: Young person is optimistic about his or her personal future.
Developmental Assets are positive building blocks that all students need to be healthy and successful.
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As you can see in the pictures below, the game was as exciting as ever! In addition to being a fun time for all, the Michael Casale Scholarship Basketball Game is a fundraiser for the scholarships given in Mr. Casale's name. Each year, at least two scholarships are given to graduating Southington High School seniors who plan to pursue a degree in education or a related field working with children, just as Mr. Casale did.