Assets 101

PROJECT CORNERSTONE

www.projectcornerstone.org

WHAT IS PROJECT CORNERSTONE?

    • Project Cornerstone is a catalyst for change in Silicon Valley by providing training and technical assistance to community partners.

    • Our mission is to build a community where adults support all children to thrive.

    • We use a research-based developmental
      asset model to promote healthy kids and a healthy community.

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Developmental assets are the positive values, relationships, and experiences that youth need to thrive.

We build developmental assets by creating thousands of moments in time when children and youth feel valued, respected and known.

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DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS FRAMEWORK

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COMMON SENSE THAT HAS BECOME UNCOMMON BEHAVIOR

Intentional focus on:

Relationships

Strengths

Community

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THE MORE ASSETS, THE BETTER

Youth with low levels of assets engage in significantly more risk behaviors than youth with higher levels of assets. Search Institute has identified a continuum of healthy development based on asset levels:

Thriving/Optimal 31-40 assets

Adequate 21-30 assets

Vulnerable 11-20 assets

At Risk 1-10 assets

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2011 SCC ASSET LEVEL VS. NATIONAL ASSET LEVEL BY GRADE

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY 2011 ASSET LEVELS

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36% of youth are thriving

22% of youth are

at risk or vulnerable

12% of youth are thriving

49% of youth are
at risk or vulnerable

THE POWER OF ASSETS TO PROTECT

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THE POWER OF ASSETS TO PROMOTE

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Milpitas Community Report Card

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Community Asset

Milpitas

Santa Clara County

#4 Caring Neighborhood

19%

37%

#7 Community Values Youth

12%

22%

#8 Youth as Resources

23%

35%

#13 Neighborhood Boundaries

30%

44%

#14 Adult Role Models

23%

30%

% reported by Grades 7 - 11

FISHER MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSET LEVELS

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19% of youth are
optimal/thriving

42% of youth are
at risk/vulnerable

35% of youth are
optimal/thriving

21% of youth are
at risk/vulnerable

2006 = Pre Project Cornerstone approach

2011 = Post PC Community Campaign

ASSET BUILDING RESULTS IN…

…the accumulation of thousands of moments in time when children and youth feel valued, respected and known.

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How One Can Impact Many

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE THESE NUMBERS?

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    • Strategic leadership with clear vision
    • School community willing to lead
    • Parent community willing to stretch their thinking and acting—and own ALL the kids
    • Students open to change
    • Community leadership willing to lead with asset focus and encourage community change
    • YOU

Not about investing $$.

Time. Intentionality. Common language. Broad community support.

MAKE ASSET BUILDING A WAY OF LIFE

    • Let youth know they’re important—smile and call them by name.
    • Walk your talk—model the behavior you expect from young people.
    • Invite the opinions of youth and give them leadership roles. View them as resources!

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MUSD and Project Cornerstone 2016 - Google Slides