Asset #8: Youth as Resources
When young people have useful roles they feel good about themselves and their future, do better in school, and get in less trouble. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard and appreciated so, let youth contribute their menu ideas and take on some of the preparation tasks!
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Combine Meal preparation with Family Activities by:
- Making an extra portion of a meal as a family. Package it up or make a freezer meal for a neighbor, family member, someone who could use some help. Deliver the meal together (ideally within walking distance) and talk about helping others, volunteerism, random acts of kindness and being grateful for what our family has. After the meal has been delivered, talk about how it made each person feel (givers and receivers).
- Create a weekly menu as a family on a certain day and talk about who will make what and what each family member’s in making jobs can be on certain nights. There’s a template and information on the Family Activities page.