Asset Based Approach to Youth Development
Youth development is a framework of programs and services that addresses human needs for the healthy growth of young people including competencies necessary for adult success.
In order to design and provide activities and facilities for youth that are engaging rather than diversionary, a blueprint for coordination and consolidation of youth recreation and education programs, counseling and referral services, and public sports and recreation facilities is needed. The approach is to evaluate the status of youth development programs on a community-wide basis to map existing assets, determine needs, and provide a mechanism for coordinated operation of existing programs, services and facilities and for implementation of other identified needs.
Successful youth development relies on a community-wide approach, a trademark of San Carlos. Interested parties, including local youth, parents, school personnel, health agencies, law enforcement, the faith community, the business community, youth service providers and youth sports organizations have been invited to participate. The final result will be an ongoing collaboration to provide programs, services and facilities that will continue to meet the recreation, health, education, social and life-skills needs of San Carlos youth, today and into the future.
An asset-based approach will be used. The Search Institute, a nonprofit, independent research organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities—developmental assets—that have a tremendous influence on young people’s lives and choices. Research shows that these 40 developmental assets help young people make wise decisions, choose positive paths, and grow up as competent, caring, and responsible adults.
We are not looking to design another youth program or organization. Instead, this initiative will be a link for all of us working with children in San Carlos, to better our services and communication with each other.
If you would like additional information for yourself or your organization, or a copy of the Youth Development informational brochure, please call either Jeff Davies, San Carlos School District at (650) 508-7349 or Anna Kertel, San Carlos Parks and Recreation at (650) 802-4471.