Amesbury middle school youth from the after school program took a moment to dive into a new cuisine. They learned the fine art of sushi making, but instead of practicing with fish, the participants got to practice with candy. Most having never tried sushi before, were excited about the experience. This after school program, run through the Amesbury Recreation Department, has been partnering with the Essex County Asset Builder Network for the past few months. Jimmy Olsen, the Assistant Recreation Director for Amesbury commented, “I have noticed working with Tina and the Essex County Asset Builder Network has provided an outside perspective of which assets we can build on for our youth. Tina has brought great ideas of projects like mask making or team building activities like kickball to help promote confidence and positive values.” Being connected to other regional recreation and youth support programs has been beneficial for the youth as well as the adult staff, helping to provide opportunities for relationship building with trusted adults, and building interpersonal skills with the other participants through learning and playing.