What do Lyon and Storey counties in northern Nevada have in common with Orlando, Florida? What does McPherson, Kansas, share with the Traverse Bay Area of northern Michigan? These communities and hundreds of others across the United States are linked together by a particular commitment to healthy youth development. That commitment is a pioneering effort to interpret and apply Search Institute’s Developmental Assets framework according to the individual features of each community and the unique needs and resources of each community’s youth. The highly popular framework, which articulates 40 specific aspects of environmental supports and inner resources that children need to live healthy and prosperous lives, had, up until the mid-1990s, primarily been used to help people understand healthy development, but that understanding had not been comprehensively applied to practice. This book is a study of eight communities from across the United States that have adopted the framework, studied its potential for their own communities, and applied it in ways that made the most sense to them given their particular needs and resources.
KeywordsYoung Person Youth Development Open Code Staff Meeting Local Initiative
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