Mentor Tip: Commitment to Learning

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Subject: Mentoring tips on commitment to learning

In a positive relationship with our protégés, you can nurture internal qualities that guide choices and create a sense of purpose and focus. Forty developmental assets have been identified by the Search Institute as building blocks of healthy development of young people. Internal assets are grouped into four categories: commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity. I will include some of them in this and three additional messages. Assets associated with a commitment to learning include the following.

Internal Asset Evidence
Achievement motivation Young person is motivated to do well in school. 
School engagement Young person is actively engaged in learning.
Homework Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework each school day.
Bonding to school Young person cares about his or her school. 
Reading for pleasure Young person reads for pleasure three hours or more per week.

Think about how you can encourage young people to value learning. 

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