This past November, our students in grades 6-12 participated in the Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behavior survey which measures the internal/external “assets” or qualities that our youth possess, as well as risk behaviors that they identify. This survey was conducted in our district as well as three other schools in the region, including Amesbury, Georgetown, and Newburyport, through the work of the Essex County Asset Builder Network (www.ecabnetwork.org).
Youth from all four districts gathered and were the first to view the data at the Youth Data Summit in February, and have created a presentation that gives an overview of the data and highlights strengths and areas from growth.
We invite you to join us for a Community Call to Action meeting on May 9, from 6-8 PM, at the Triton Regional High School. Youth will present an overview of the results and we will begin a community discussion to highlight ways we can build engagement around efforts to develop strong and healthy youth.
All community members are welcome to attend, as we all contribute to the development of the youth in our community, not just those who have or work directly with children. Community leaders, school staff, law enforcement, religious community, community agencies, and business owners all have a role to play. We need to build upon the positive energy that so many of our students have demonstrated in recent weeks, and come together to provide supports for those that need it. The more voices we bring to the table, the more successful this project will be. Being involved with the Essex County Asset Builder Network is a chance to help make a change.
The Essex County Asset Builder Network is a group of like-minded communities (Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury and Newburyport) who are committed to providing supports and positive youth development opportunities to build healthy youth. Each community member plays a role in that development, not just parents or teachers. Tina Los, Regional Project Coordinator for the ECAB Network acknowledged, “By joining together as a community we will create connections that will help not only the youth thrive, but help the community thrive as well.”
This Call to Action Meeting is the first in a series of discussions that will take place in the community to focus on how we can strengthen and empower our students. Your voice and opinion are valuable, and I hope you are able to join us for this event. .