The 40 Developmental Assets Program identifies 40 building blocks that help youth grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. The assets are grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention.
They represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. The Assets Program helps build a healthy community through education, programs, marketing, and media.
Minute to Win It
Summer Family Fun
June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th
Place: Time Out Pizzeria
Cost to Play: 25 cents per chance
Hosted by Assets In Action,
A community building program of the
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the JJAB
The heart represents the Asset category of support.
Healthy Community! Healthy Youth!
Assets In Action works with the 40 Developmental Assets of the Search Institute to build relationships throughout the community. Our community can be more successful when we build the traits, experiences and opportunities for everyone to be successful.
Activities: We have many educational and team building activities for all ages.
A Day in the Life of a Teen-If you wonder what challenges and stressors our kids deal with on a daily basis, request this thirty minute, interactive presentation. This is great for a group of 5 to 50 with eye opening results.
Change of Heart-This program is taught to every sixth grade class and all new students at Los Alamos Middle School, in the Los Alamos Public School District. The seven hour curriculum addresses differences in culture and lifestyle while helping students build the skills to get along modify poor behavior and make better choices in the future.
Community Asset Awards-If you know someone in the community that does something to build on any of the 40 Developmental Assets and improve our community, the state or the world, nominate them for an award on our website or request a nomination form. We take nominations all year long and recognize those nominees in January of each year.
Cookies & Conversation-We bring local senior citizens to Los Alamos Middle School and High School for lunch and fellowship. Seniors and youth answer light hearted questions while enjoying baked goods once a month.
March On Hunger-Assets staff works with local schools to collect donations for food programs. When many focus on donations during the months of November and December, programs often need items to fill their shelves as they get ready for spring.
SPARKS-Do you have a passion, hobby or talent that you’d like to share in a school or community setting? Let our Assets staff help you share your talent. We can arrange location, publicity and more.
KRSN AM 1490-Monday Matters is our weekly radio program where we highlight programs and projects building Assets in our community and state. You can also stream the broadcast on line at www.krsnam1490.com.
Los Alamos Monitor-Assets In Action is a weekly column written for the local newspaper. Each week we try to promote a particular Asset usually featured on Sunday or Tuesday editions.
The Essence- This publication works to promote great businesses, people and programs throughout the community. Assets are regularly featured in one or more of the articles.
Facebook-Wepost a weekly announcement with the weekly Assets or recognizing events or people in the community.
Text-If you only have a minute, we have an Asset for you.Would you like your Assets delivered by text? If so, just let text Assets at (505) 695-9139.
Twitter-If you are part of the Twitter nation, sign up to follow us and enjoy the weekly Asset @AssetsInAction
Presentations: You can request a presentation from staff ranging from 5 minutes to 8 hours and all presentations in Los Alamos County are free of charge. This is a great opportunity for a staff meeting, club or organizational presentation.
Bernadette Lauritzen-Coordinator 505-661-4846
Sponsors: Assets In Action is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
Donations: Donations can be made to the Assets program through the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. The JJAB is a 501-c-3, contact us for more information. www.losalamosjjab.org
The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks kicked off the Hawk Hubba Bubba Awards this week.
The award recognizes staff that, “Take A Second, to Make A Difference, at the middle school.
“I was excited to learn of this award when it was introduced at the high school, and yes, maybe a bit jealous,” said Los Alamos Middle School, Principal Rex Kilburn. “However, now that this same award will happen at the middle school I am very excited for my staff to be able to receive this recognition.”
LAMS social studies and student council leader, Linda Bennett, garnered the first award, receiving eleven nominations from students.
Bennett received a small bag of goodies to add a little sweetness to the day.
“I am very proud of her because within one semester as a new teacher she has earned this level of respect from her students,” said Kilburn.
Bennett also received Hubba Bubba bubblegum, the inspiration for the award.
The Hubba is short for Help Us Build Better Assets, based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets and implemented locally by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, with the help of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, through Assets In Action.
Students are empowered to anonymously recognize staff members for contributions to their school community.
Assests In Action also implements the Change of Heart program, at six of the LAPS school sites.
Change of Heart is a seven hour improving school climate curriculum developed by the Search Institute.
The awards idea was a result of discussions for how to build on the local Assets program at LAMS.
The school had hoped to present a new award winner, each month for the remainder of the year. It appears that enough nominations have been received to provide weekly kudos through May.
Students can pick up nomination forms from school secretary, Mrs. Claire Swinhoe or request one from the Assets office, at 661-4846.
King cakes and French donuts from the Morning Glory Bakery, were some of the rewards for the Community Asset Awards.
The Community Asset Awards took place earlier this month to recognize 57 members of our community for making Los Alamos a better place to live and work.
The fourth annual event was held at the beautiful Betty Ehart Senior Center, on January 5th.
Attendees were treated to desserts from the Morning Glory Bakery, Hilltop House Hotel, Coffee House Café and the Decadent Table, as a reward for their efforts.
Keith Stephens was recognized with the Director’s Choice distinction for his work to improve so many areas of the community.
Stephens would love residents to consider donating funds or time to the Trinity Hill lunch program on Fridays. The program feeds teens from Los Alamos High School and some volunteer hands would be greatly appreciated for the mission.
It doesn’t matter if you can spend 15 minutes setting up, cleaning up or just spend time talking to youth, every minute makes a difference.
Bill Enloe received the Spirit of the West award, named for former County Councilor Jim West. West worked with the Assets program prior to his death, on a plan to recognize community contributions by members of all ages.
Enloe was nominated by LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt and selected by a committee from all 57 nominations. Enloe was selected in part due to his leadership and goal of setting the tone of making community a priority.
The nomination process for 2013 is already underway and several nominations have been submitted for the next event. The deadline for submitting a nomination is December 16th, 2013 and the event will take place in early 2014.
Submissions can be done on the Assets website, at www.AssetsInAction.info, where a list of all the winners and several photos can be viewed, of the event. A hard copy of the form is also available by calling 661-4846.
This year the Community Asset Awards was sponsored by JJAB, America’s Promise Alliance and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
The Community Asset Award nomination period has begun. Those people that work to make Los Alamos a better place can be nominated at www.AssetsInAction.info. The awards ceremony takes place in January, at the Hilltop House Hotel.
The Assets In Action program, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, is sponsoring the Hubba Bubba Awards for LAHS staff members. Please take a moment to recognize your favorite person and tell us about them.
Download Hubba Bubba Awards Form