Asset No. 34 of 40 | Cultural Competence

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40 Dev SOCIAL COMP icon  Social Competencies

Cultural Competence | Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Pay attention to what you say and how you say it about people, the world, ideas, and so on. Your kids are learning from you.
  • Teach your kids that everybody has personal values, even though others’ may be different from their own.
  • Attend cultural events and festivals in your community. If you don’t know of any, try asking a librarian or calling your local chamber of commerce.
  • When you watch television, see a movie, or play a video game with your children, talk about the subtle messages about diversity. Do all the characters look, sound, or dress a certain way? Are there stereotypes that are reinforced or dispelled? What’s implied about the positive and negative aspects of certain characteristics?
  • Encourage your teens to have “multi-cultural” experiences by visiting museums, cultural festivals or centers, congregations, or other places where people who share a common culture gather.

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