We all want our kids to grow up to be healthy, happy and successful adults, right? We want them to be confident, caring and productive members of society.

The truth is, the buck stop with you. Positive actions by parents, teachers, neighbors, faith leaders and an entire community can help kids identify their "SPARK"!

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Michael Cohen/Getty Iamges

“Sparks” is a metaphor for describing how young people experience talents, interests, or strengths that make them feel really happy, energized, and passionate, and that give them real purpose, direction or focus. Research shows that kids who thrive have two important supports: knowledge of what their sparks are and adults who support the development of those sparks.

The best supportive role that most adults can play is simply as a source of encouragement.

Stop by the Caribou Middle School on Wednesday, March 26th, starting at 6:30 p.m. for when positive youth development expert Lori A. Hoffner will share the impact of a strength-based approach using the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Asset Framework.

You'll have the opportunity to learn how an entire community that provides intentional actions, support and encouragement can help all our young people really thrive!

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