Celebrate Children First’s 15th Anniversary on September 25

Children First’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, September 25, 2008
7- 9 p.m.
Doubletree Park Place Hotel
$10 per adult, $5 per young person
Make reservations through Community Education’s online registration.

Thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsor Japs-Olson Company.

Join us at this special gathering that will:
• Bring together those in St. Louis Park committed to the healthy development of young people.
• Inform about the new “Sparks” research Search Institute.
• Share what Children First has been up to with the Asset Champions Network.

You’ve heard about Developmental Assets, now you can be the first to learn about Sparks! Come hear Dr. Peter L. Benson. President of Search Institute and author of the soon-to-be released book, Sparks! How parents can help ignite the hidden strengths of teenagers.

While building Developmental Assets focuses on activating the community around young people to ensure that all kids get what they need to succeed through asset building…igniting a young person’s Sparks focuses on the uniqueness of each child, her or his passion and ability to contribute to the world.

Dr. Benson, a leading authority on childhood and adolescence, will describe a simple yet powerful plan for awakening the spark that lives inside each and every young person. Sparks, when illuminated and nurtured, give young people joy, energy, and direction. They have the power to change a young person’s life from one of “surviving” to “thriving.” Grounded in new research with thousands of teenagers and their parents, “Sparks” offers a step-by-step approach to helping teenagers discover their unique gifts, and works for all families, no matter their economic status, parenting situation or ethnic background.

This event is co-presented with the St. Louis Park Schools Parent Academy.

A special dinner and conversation with Dr. Benson will be held at 5 p.m. The ticket price is $100 person person. Proceeds from the dinner event will benefit Children First. For more information email Children First.