Search Institute launched its Healthy Communities–Healthy Youth initiative in 1996, with the help of a 4-year multimillion dollar commitment from Lutheran Brotherhood. The initiative seeks to organize and focus individuals, families, schools, churches, service groups and government agencies on how they can provide youth in their community with the developmental assets they need to become caring, responsible people.
More than 250 communities have implemented the initiative on a community level, a number that grows by about 20 each month. In many cases, local churches initiate the effort. Most of the cities using the ideas and materials are communities of less than 100,000. But Seattle; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Rochester, N.Y., are recent additions.
For information about the initiative, contact:
* Search Institute, 700 S. Third St., Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55415; phone (800) 888-7828; Web site: www.search-institute.org.
* All Kids are Our Kids by Peter L. Benson (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997). Describes the 40 developmental assets and supporting research as well as ways communities can implement the initiative. Available through bookstores and from Search.
* Building Assets in Congregations by Eugene C. Rohlkepartain (Search Institute, 1998). A practical guide for congregations.
* This summer the ELCA Division for Congregational Ministries will release a resource offering practical ways to use the developmental asset approach to enrich ministries with children, youth and families. Congregations are needed to field test this resource. Contact Miriam Dumke (800) 638-3522, Ext. 2558.
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