VermillionPTA will discuss survey

VermillionPTA will discuss survey Do you ever wonder why some kids seem to grow up with ease while others struggle? Are you surprised that some kids thrive in spite of difficult circumstances? Search Institute is a nonprofit research organization in Minneapolis, MN that has been asking these same questions since 1958.

Youth in Vermillion participated in a Search Institute survey in December 2001. The information gathered will be discussed at an upcoming meeting of the Vermillion PTA.

Throughout this past year, students and members of the Vermillion community have been meeting to discuss the Search Institute survey results and identify common themes.

The youth of Vermillion have much to say about how citizens might build a healthy community. The public is invited to a Vermillion PTA meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the VHS Library to hear an asset message.

The Vermillion School District and Healthy Kids � Healthy Community group of Vermillion teamed up to survey Vermillion's young people about the developmental assets of their lives. In December 2001, students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 were given the Search Institute survey.

The results of this survey show that Vermillion youth have high numbers of some assets, like "family support" and "positive peer influence." These same youth indicated they could use help from the community in building up other areas, such as "youth as resources" and "adult role models."

Through studies involving hundreds of thousands of young people across the country, Search Institute has found 40 factors that are essential to young people's success. These assets aren't financial. Instead they are opportunities, skills, relationships, values, and self-perceptions that all young people need in their lives.

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Immunizations keep young children healthy and protect them from disease. Similarly, developmental assets help kids make healthy choices and inoculate them against a wide range of risk-taking behaviors, including substance abuse, violence, and school failure. The more assets young people have, the more likely they are to be healthy.

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