Asset Corner #92

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  Be Excited When You See Them. Subject: Build a Network of Support

Work together to make a difference for young people
Adults expect a lot of young people: to learn to treat people fairly and with kindness, act responsibly, get good grades, and become successful. Of course, young people can’t learn everything they need to reach their goals without help from parents and other caring adults. Adults also expect a lot of themselves. Consistently modeling appropriate behavior, teaching values, and at the same time, striving for your own goals, can be challenging. That’s why it’s important to work together. If you know a parent with a troubled teenager or a teacher with a failing student, ask them how you can help. If you are having difficulty connecting with a young person, be sure to ask for the help you need. Sometimes there are concrete things people can do to help; other times listening is all that’s needed. Search Institute’s framework of 40 Developmental Assets is meant to help guide young people—as well as adults—to a healthy, happy, thriving life.

Ask others to help
You are not alone. Raising young people takes a group effort and everyone—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends, clergy, coaches—play an important role. There are people, places, and resources everyone can turn to when help is needed to support young people. Two in particular include the Parma Area Family Collaborative & the Parma Area Tri-City MyCom Youth group.

Offer help to others
Families, communities, and schools need support. Even if you’re not a parent, you can support young people and their families. Lending an ear at the end of a long day can make a big difference in the life of a frazzled parent. Offer to baby-sit or take a young person on an outing so parents can rest and rejuvenate. Not only will you be helping parents do their jobs better, you’ll also be helping their children grow and develop in new ways.

Also try this
In your home and family:
Be easy on yourself—and others! Tell yourself and your spouse, significant other, peers, colleagues, and staff what you (and they) are doing right helping young people. Avoid dwelling on mistakes; celebrate your successes and give yourself a pat on the back!
In your neighborhood and community: Help build your neighbors’ confidence as parents and caring adults. Leave a note or voice mail telling a certain neighbor how much you appreciate him or her.
In your school or youth program: Send a letter to parents about building Developmental Assets, and then discuss them in conferences or parent meetings.

If you have a child entering kindergarten this year you should be aware of the state mandated Diagnostic Assessment Screening taking place at your respective school on either August 16th or 17th. To schedule your appointment or if you have any questions regarding the Diagnostic Assessment Screening please contact the elementary school your child will be attending. For additional detail visit the District’s web site at
On Saturday, Aug 5th, from 9 am to noon,the Parma Hts Food Pantry, in addition to a produce give-away, will be offering haircuts and school supplies, clothes & shoes for children up to 12 years of age. Location: Behind Parma Hts City Hall; contact Ann George at 440.842.6491 for details.
The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will take place on Thursday, August 10th. During the afternoon distribution UH/Parma Medical Center, Community Health Nurses will be offering FREE blood pressure screenings and a representative from the Parma Health Ministry will be available to help folks apply for prescription assistance.
If you have the time please consider stopping by the Collab (Hanna Elem., 11212 Snow Rd.) on Tuesday, August 8th, any time between 9 am & 5 pm to help assemble the school supplies backpacks. With an estimated 1,300 backpacks the need for help is obviously significant. Don’t hesitate bringing a friend or co-workers…there will be more than enough for people to do.  
"Summer Days"
at the Collab (Hanna Elementary) .... This FREE drop-in activity program for kids will be coming to an end on Friday, August 11th. Monday through Friday upwards of 100 kids received a free lunch, participated in supervised sports activities, arts & crafts projects, helped w/the Community Garden and just generally had a great (and safe) time. Plan now on having your kids participate next year.
>>  To stay current and learn more about Collaborative events/activities, visit their updated web site at:, follow them on Facebook at: or call Bruce Chamberlin, the Collab's Family to Family Supervisor at 440.887.4881 email:
The city of Parma Hts will be hosting Kids at the Commons from 1 pm to 5 pm the weekend of Aug 12 & 13. Bring your family to Greenbriar Commons (on Pearl Rd. across from City Hall) and experience this great Home Days type event.
The Northern Ohio Recovery Institute (NORA)
has released its training schedule for August and September. Visit their web site at & click on the Workshops & Training tab for details. From the Power Branch Library.... Prevention Warriors is a new, comprehensive sexual health program provided by a grant from the Federal department of Health and Human Services. The program is for all youth ages 14 – 19, and will take place 4 pm to 6 pm each Monday & Wednesday starting August 14th to October 4th. For more information contact AKeem Rollins at, ph: 216.651.5428 x-108.

From the Parma Hts Library.... Summer Lunch at the Library – Continues through thru August 4th, Monday-Friday. 11:30 am - 12:00 pm.  Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last. For more information, please call 440.884.2313.
Tickets are now available for the Parma City School District and the Parma City Schools Foundation “Parma Schools Day" at Progressive Field on Sunday, August 27, 2017. A portion of each $30 ticket will go to the Parma Schools Foundation, as a donation to the annual “Backpack for Kids” drive. The deadline to purchase the tickets is Monday, August 21. or visit the District’s website at

Visit, for more information about the 40 Developmental Assets and ideas for helping young people build them. Or go here  for great asset-based parenting tips, tricks, activities and ideas.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:31 AM, 08.02.2017