Monday, February 22, 2010

Resources for Youth Programs

If you want to have a strong youth program, check out Search Institute's resources for integrating Developmental Assets into Youth Development Programs. Here are some of the many tools they offer on their website:

Service-learning — When young people engage in the asset of Service to Others, they are more likely to experience more of the other assets over time.

Peer helping — Peer-helping programs can make a big impression and have a significant impact on young people.

Mentoring — In an asset-building organization or community, formal mentoring offers an important strategy for intentionally linking young people and adults…

Creative activities — Art, theater, and music programs can build many Developmental Assets.

Sports and athletics — Young people benefit a lot from sports programs—-particularly those that are balanced and age-appropriate.

Camping — Camping takes young people away from their everyday environment and, at their best, create an asset-rich experience