Asset Building Project
Strong Roots. Strong Youth.
PEACH supports a practice, experience and culture of positive youth development. For PEACH positive youth development is viewed as the work we do to ensure youth have access to opportunities, resources and relationships to build the necessary skills and qualities to flourish in life.
Between 2011-2012, the Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth research project at York University looked into the state of developmental assets of youth between grades 6 – 12 from 8 middle and high schools within the Jane Finch, Black Creek and Humber River communities. The research found that on average youth between the ages of 12-18 possess 20 out of the 40 assets needed to thrive. What was most revealing is the research found that the number of developmental assets decline as youth age, with the decline most apparent when youth transition from Grade 8 to 9. Research out of Canada and the United States points to a recommended benchmark of developmental assets is 31 or more of the 40 assets to help promote and to protect youth. To learn about the power to protect and promote click here for a Canadian example.
To support strengthening the work at PEACH and in community, PEACH in collaboration with Success Beyond Limits (SBL) and The Spot, Where You(th) Want to Be introduce the Pillars to Boundless Bridges project, an initiative aimed at supporting meaningful youth and community engagement and training on 40 Developmental Asset® framework of positive youth development. The project will engage youth between the ages of 12-18, families, community, youth-serving spaces and schools in the Jane Finch and Black Creek communities. The project will be completed in April 2018.
Developed by The Search Institute®, the 40 Developmental Assets® framework is a set of 40 positive skills, qualities, and experiences that provide young people with what they need to grow up into thriving and successful adults. At the heart of this model is the importance of community and developmental relationships to support young people during the most difficult time in their life. To learn more about the power of building assets click here.
The project will be implemented through 4 major phases of work:
1. Community Awareness and Engagement – Over the life of the project, youth will develop and lead a relevant community-wide marketing campaign to mobilize young people, create awareness and meaningfully engage adults in the community.
2. Free Training and Coaching – The project will support the work of the community, schools, families and youth serving spaces to provide free workshops, training, coaching and resources to show how everyone plays a role in building assets in young people, to invigorate their spaces around asset building and to learn more about the power of building assets in young people.
3. Community Knowledge – Community spaces who have committed to invigorating their programs with the 40 Developmental Asset Model® will support the project to determine the asset levels of our young people. This will give the community and the project team an idea of what we are doing well and not so well in terms of building assets and positive youth development.
4. Share Knowledge and Influence Decisions – PEACH, Success Beyond Limits and The Spot will share what has been learned on the impacts of building assets in youth with community, youth, families, schools and youth-serving spaces. From here we can work together to adjust spaces and services to be more in line with positive youth development. Most importantly, what will be learned will be shared with relevant stakeholders to influence decision-making in the best interest of youth and the community.
DESIRED PROJECT OUTCOMES: Youth will increase their number of developmental assets. Young people will decrease the frequency of risk-taking behaviours. Community will have an increased understanding of how to build assets in youth. A culture of asset building will be developed.
Join PEACH, SBL and The Spot on the journey of building assets in young people! For more information about how to get involved, please contact Project Coordinator, Stephanie Mazerolle or at 416-740-9593. Please also follow our journey on Twitter and Instagram.