Presentation on theme: "Asset building: Is it worth the risk??"— Presentation transcript:
1 Asset building: Is it worth the risk?? 1The asset approach:40 elements ofhealthy developmentWhat children and youth need to succeed…..
2 …young people are valuable resources? 2Do you believe that…..…young people are valuable resources?
3 Do you believe that…3…youth today are struggling to find their place in communities?
4 Do you believe that…4…youth today are capable of good choices that minimize personal risks?
5 A coalition committed to building assets 5A coalition committed to building assetsand promoting the safe and healthydevelopment of children and youthfrom birth to young adulthood.
6 Every child and youth, is safe, healthy, and valued Vision:6Every child and youth,is safe, healthy,and valued
7 About Search Institute… 7About Search Institute…Research traditions
8 A profile of our youth based upon research: Different Levels of Assets 821–30 Assets35%31–40 Assets9%0–10 Assets15%11–20 Assets41%Copyright 2005 Search Institute
9 Why assets are important… 9Why assets are important…They domake a differencein the lives of young peopleThey are the keys to success
10 The Power of Assets to Promote 10Page 3Copyright 2005 Search Institute
11 Thriving behaviours Exhibit leadership Maintain good health 11Exhibit leadershipMaintain good healthValue diversitySucceed in school
12 The Power of Assets to Protect…. 12These behaviors have an indirect impact on learningTransition: So Big What?Copyright 2005 Search Institute
13 High risk behaviours Use of alcohol Violence Illicit drug use 13Use of alcoholViolenceIllicit drug useSexual activity
14 Developmental AssetsTM 14Developmental AssetsTMBuilding Blocks of Healthy Development for Young PeopleCopyright 2005 Search Institute
15 Developmental Assets15Positive experiences, skills, opportunities, qualities and values (What kids need to succeed)Best provided through relationships with caring, responsible people—both adults and young people themselvesCopyright 2005 Search Institute
16 How do we build external assets? 16How do we build external assets?SUPPORT young people with care and attention.EMPOWER them to use their abilities tohelp others.Set reasonable BOUNDARIES AND have high EXPECTATIONS.Help them find activities that make CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF their TIME.
17 In our daily lives…..17Use the external asset framework to guide our choices of programs and activities –How does this support / empower / guide / challenge ??If we do this, the following might result:
18 ………..internal assets? Spark their COMMITMENT TO LEARNING. 18Spark their COMMITMENT TO LEARNING.Guide them toward a life based on POSITIVE VALUES.Help the develop SOCIAL COMPETENCIES and life skills.Celebrate their uniqueness and affirm their POSITIVE IDENTITY.
19 Support 19 Parent Involvement in Schooling Caring Neighborhood 1. Family Support2. Positive Family CommunicationCaring School Climate3. Other Adult RelationshipsParent Involvement in SchoolingCopyright 2005 Search Institute
20 Empowerment 20 Community Values Youth Service to Others Youth as ResourcesSafetyCopyright 2005 Search Institute
21 Boundaries and Expectations High Expectations21Boundaries and ExpectationsFamily BoundariesPositive Peer InfluenceSchool BoundariesAdult Role ModelsNeighborhood BoundariesCopyright 2005 Search Institute
22 Constructive Use of Time 22 Creative Activities Time at Home Youth ProgramsReligious CommunityCopyright 2005 Search Institute
23 How do we build internal assets? 23Spark their COMMITMENT TO LEARNING.Guide them toward a life based on POSITIVE VALUES.Help the develop SOCIAL COMPETENCIES and life skills.Celebrate their uniqueness and affirm their POSITIVE IDENTITY.
24 Commitment to Learning 24HomeworkAchievement MotivationReading for PleasureSchool EngagementBonding to SchoolCommitment to LearningCopyright 2005 Search Institute
25 Positive Values 25 Equality and Social Justice Caring Integrity RestraintHonestyResponsibilityCopyright 2005 Search Institute
26 Social Competencies 26 Planning and Decision Making Interpersonal CompetenceCultural CompetenceResistance SkillsPeaceful Conflict ResolutionCopyright 2005 Search Institute
27 Positive Identity 27 Personal Power Self-Esteem Sense of Purpose Positive View of Personal FutureCopyright 2005 Search Institute
28 Together we will make a difference… 28We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.Franklin D. Roosevelt
29 Principles of Asset Building 29Everyone can build assetsAll young people need assetsRelationships are keyAsset building is an on-going processConsistent messages are importantIntentional repetition is criticalCopyright 2005 Search Institute
30 A New View Hope 30 FROM… Young people’s problems As an Asset Builder you will probably find it helpful to change your viewFROM…Young people’s problemsProfessional’s work Young people absorbing resourcesTroubled young peopleTO…Young people’s strengthsEveryone’s workYoung people as resourcesAll young peopleHope
31 Applying developmental assets within our programs and actions The challenge: How do we start with ourselves and our own communities???31Applying developmental assets within our programsand actionsTake out blue sheets and respond to the first question. Then put it away!
32 32Asset building is based on the awareness that it is people, not programs, that make a difference for kids.
33 Our “communities” (agencies, businesses, organizations, churches, schools) must be more than just places to visit and learn – comfortable places to be – they should be places to belong33
34 34You alone can’t build assets in this community; it’s everyone’s job to build assets.What is an asset builder?
35 Intentionality35We believe that children and youth will benefit tremendously when individuals and organizations commit to intentionally using an asset building framework as a central principle in guiding these areas:program organization,instruction and evaluation,all activities,community partnerships andsupport services.Beliefs and practices that limit and promote Asset BuildingHow do these reinforce your beliefs? Share your perspective around the table
36 What do you see in an asset building environment? 36Relationships, especially between adults and children and youth, that are mutually respectful, caring and genuineAn environment in the community that encourages asset buildingPrograms and practices that provide specific opportunities for asset buildingFollow up with stories at tables…categorize
37 The Importance of the Asset Development Framework 37The Importance of the Asset Development FrameworkAsset rich kids: More likely to avoid high risk taking behavioursAsset rich kids: More likely to be successful in school and a service to the communityHigh community pay off withpositive profile for youth
38 The power of one38Youcanmakeadifference !It’s worth the risk!!!
39 For more information…. Check out our website: www.everykid.on.ca 39Check out our website:Also the Search Institute: