Helping Out and Staying Safe: The Empowerment Assets

Helping Out and Staying Safe: The Empowerment Assets

by Pamela Espeland, Elizabeth Verdick
     
 

 The second book in the Adding Assets Series for Kids introduces and describes the four Empowerment Assets: Community Values Children, Children as Resources, Service to Others, and Safety.
Each asset is clearly defined and introduced by a story. Kids learn simple, everyday ways to play useful roles at home and in the community, help others, and feel

Overview


 The second book in the Adding Assets Series for Kids introduces and describes the four Empowerment Assets: Community Values Children, Children as Resources, Service to Others, and Safety.
Each asset is clearly defined and introduced by a story. Kids learn simple, everyday ways to play useful roles at home and in the community, help others, and feel safer at home, at school, and in their neighborhood.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award
 Curriculum Package/Specialized Audience Instruction category
 —The Association of Educational Publishers
Children's Literature
Adolescents now more than ever need opportunities to create positive environments for themselves, and this book opens the door for them to be pro-active in making things better. It focuses on four empowerment assets: Community Values Children, Children as Resources, Service to Others, and Safety. Each chapter begins with an inspiring story about a child who is in a situation that needs improving. Young readers should be able to relate to these examples, which are followed by several ways that the protagonists can take charge and make change, thereby adding the appropriate asset. Readers are encouraged to choose one activity for their own lives, and to note the outcome. To help children get started, some Web sites and phone numbers are included within specific activities, and there are also "Helpful Resources" sections at the end geared toward kids and adults, along with an index. This book is ideal for school counselors and teachers, or any other adult who serves as a mentor for youth and can share this if a need arises. Ideal for young readers, this resource does not have to be read cover-to-cover, and although packed with ways to create empowerment assets, it will not be overwhelming. The ideas are written in short paragraphs, and the entire book can easily be skimmed by a reader who is looking for specific information. This title is part of "The Adding Assets Series for Kids." 2004, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-The first book focuses on helping youngsters develop skills that make them feel important and safe at home and in their communities. Each of the four chapters concentrates on an important developmental asset that empowers them. Suggested activities and tips for working on "empowerment" assets at home, in the neighborhood, school, or faith community make up a large part of the book. Readers are urged to try one idea, and then build from there. People shows how family; open, positive communication; and a caring school and neighborhood environment build support in children's lives. Facts and ideas follow fictional scenarios of typical problems kids face in order to guide readers in overcoming similar obstacles. Both books include a note for adults that clarifies the importance of the "support" assets in helping youngsters grow up emotionally and socially healthy and a list of 40 developmental assets. Whimsical black-and-white illustrations enhance the texts. Additional titles for self-help collections.-Sharon A. Neal, Alvernia College, Reading, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575421612
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/14/2004
Series:
The Adding Assets Series for Kids
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,029,840
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Pamela Espeland has authored, coauthored, or edited over 200 books for Free Spirit Publishing on a variety of subjects. Pamela graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, John Whiting, and two little dogs.

Elizabeth Verdick is a children's book writer and editor.  She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their two children

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