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NCJ Number: 166306 Find in a Library
Title: Renewing Hope: Strengthening Community-Based Organizations' Role in Helping Youth Thrive
Author(s): L L M Geraghty; E C Roehlkepartain
Corporate Author: Search Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Search Institute
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Publication Number: ISBN 1-57482-330-2
Sale Source: Search Institute
615 First Avenue Northeast
Suite 125
Minneapolis, MN 55413
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet identifies and describes the "developmental assets" juveniles need to develop in a positive, healthy way and presents steps in the development of a program that will foster these assets.
Abstract: The developmental assets are grouped into six categories. One category consists of "support." Youth need families, friends, other adults, and other environments that are caring, supportive, affirming, and safe. Youth also need "boundaries," that is, standards and rules to guide and protect them. Further, they need "structured time use" in which they have positive, constructive, interesting, and challenging things to do. Other developmental assets are educational commitment, positive values, and competencies. After defining these categories of developmental assets, the booklet contrasts the traditional approaches in community organizations and an asset-building approach. Benefits of asset building are then outlined. They are renewing hope, renewing community, renewing mission, reducing problems, engaging constituents, and renewing networks. The booklet concludes with a description of key strategies for building assets within and through community organizations. The steps are to examine current practices, catch and share the vision, involve youth, examine internal practices, design asset-promoting programs, and build partnerships in the community. Asset-building resources from Search Institute are listed and described.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Program planning; Youth community involvement; Youth development
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