Last year, I acted on my "resolutions" slowly throughout the whole year - slipping in and out of my resolve like a greased pig out of its pen. (That was my obligatory dirty reference in homage to the title of this blog). One of the things I intended to accomplish was a notion pretty vaguely outlined in my head... get involved, make a difference. I wish I might have been a little more specific, so as to limit perhaps how involved I actually became. This year already I've spent more time in committee meetings, planning sessions and seminars than I have at my real job - Real Estate (no pun intended... well, ok yeah, the pun was intended - the dorkiness however, was not).
As a part of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership class I'm involved in, we have an assigned project that we work on throughout the year. Our project this year is to establish a community wide Asset Champions Network after the model established in St. Louis Park, MN. When we first heard about this - 3 months ago - we all looked at each other blankly. What is an Asset Champion? And why do they need a network? Briefly, a study was done which showed that there are 40 Assets that young people need in order to grow up making good choices and eventually become a productive adult in society. These Assets are things like positive family communication, a caring neighborhood, other positive adult relationships. Asset Builders are like mentors, or role models - adults who provide one or more Assets to a young person. Asset Champions are Asset Builders who help other Asset Builders recognize how valuable they are in a young person's life and support or encourage them to continue. Confusing, yes? I'm still not sure I quite get it....
Tonight, we held our first training session for Asset Champions. Someone other than me (thank goodness) explained the theory and after 3 months of putting together this presentation, once I saw it done, I actually started to get it, and I think, once it gets put into action, it will make a difference for some kids - a big difference!
Anyway, getting my head around that, and coordinating this presentation to be included in my work with theatre kids, as well as trying to be a good Realtor has pretty much drained my brain today. I wanted to write it down, to see if I actually could get the message across in less than 30 seconds. If you are still reading this far - you are a trooper! If you understand Asset Builders, even a little bit after reading this, drop a comment and let me know - it will make a difference in my life. Thanks for reading.