Hello Asset Champions!!!!

At long last…here is an online newsletter. Thank you for your patience! Standard features include a calendar and a list of opportunities to help St. Louis Park kids on the right side. Below are articles from Asset Champions. Let me know if you have something to share. The newsletter will be modified and updated to make it most useful to you Asset Champions. Happy Asset Building! Karen Atkinson

  • New Co-Chairs
    As of July 1, we have new co-chairs, Police Chief John Luse and high school senior Michael Jacobs. Thanks to them for stepping forward for these leadership roles. Special kudos to retiring co-chairs Tom and Erica. Erica graduated and is going to Grinnell College in the fall.

    Asset Champion gathering &
    Harvest Moon coloring book show

    The Champions Coloring Book has been such a fun tool for sharing the asset message. Its latest appearance is at Harvest Moon Coffee Shop. Each of the featured super heroes has asked a young person to color their page. The decorated pages will be framed and on display at Harvest Moon. On August 21, 7-8:30 p.m. our quarterly Asset Champions gathering will be held at Harvest Moon as a “gallery opening.” Meet the super heroes and their artists and connect with other Asset Champions. If you need copies of the coloring books, email Karen.

    Would you like to host a Champion Charge?
    Champion Charges are back and we are looking for Asset Champions to host them. It’s easy, just provide space. Some Champion Charges are held during lunch and those who attend brown bag it. Other Champions Charges are held after dinner. For the dates of this year’s Champion Charges look for the list on the right in the orange box. If you are interested email Karen. Champion Charges give Asset Champions an informal way to connect and share ideas.

    Peter Benson brings Sparks to St. Louis Park

    Dr. Peter Benson, president, Search Institute will speak about his new research in St. Louis Park on Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m. at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel.

    Through surveys, Asset Champions expressed an interest in learning about the lastest research from Search Institute, so here it is. Dr. Benson will speak about his soon-to-be published book: Sparks! Helping parents ignite the hidden strengthes in teens.

    While building Developmental Assets focuses on activating the community around young people to ensure that all kids get what they need to succeed, 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.

    Save the date!!! Registration information will be available soon. The registration fee is $10 per adult, $5 per young person.

Asset Champions Network model featured at conference
The Children First Asset Champions Network will be featured in a pre-conference session durng Search Institute’s National Conference on November 5. People from other communities will learn about this community asset-building model during a daylong session. During the afternoon, they will have a chance to meet St. Louis Park Asset Champions….that could be you! If this is of interest to you, email Karen. When we receive the registration list, we would like to pair session attendees up with an Asset Champion who works in their sector. Watch this newsletter for more info.

For information on Search Institute’s Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Conference which will be held Nov. 6-9 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis click here: http://www.hchy.org/