Letters to the Editor

Stand up to hate, racism and bullying

The Asset Development Network (ADN) of San Luis Obispo County applauds and strongly supports the Nov. 29 Viewpoint article, “Stand Up to Every Active Hate,” written by Geoffrey Land et al from Paso Robles High School.

Established in 1998, the Asset Development Network is a collaboration of organizations and individuals that promotes the philosophy of the 40 developmental assets identified by the Search Institute. Developmental assets are positive experiences and qualities that influence young people to make positive choices and help them become caring, responsible adults. Studies show that the more assets youth have, the less likely they are to engage in highrisk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive.

In the past year, the network has focused efforts on raising awareness of bullying by using the developmental assets to prevent or intervene with bullying acts. We sponsored a theatrical production, “Hear Our Voices,” written by local playwright Albert Núñez. Our biennial conference Feb. 1, “It Starts with Me: Building a Community without Bullying,” will feature four local, state, and nationally renowned authors who will address high schoolaged youth, early childhood and K-12 educators, and other youth-serving professionals.

We are also sponsoring an evening for parents and community members Jan. 31 on “Understanding Our Kids’ Off-Line and Online Social World: Friendships, Cliques, and Power Plays.” For more information on these events, contact srogow@capslo.org   or swhite-bond@slocoe.org  .

Please join the following Asset Development Network members: SLO County Office of Education, 4-H Youth Development, SLO County Community Foundation, Friday Night Live, Community Action Partnership of SLO County, San Luis Obispo County Library, YMCA, United Way, Department of Social Services, and others in standing up to hate, racism, bigotry and homophobia by providing our youth, parents, educators and community members with the assets and tools they need to prevent or intervene with bullying.