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Regional Development Asset Network
The Regional Development Asset Network meets on a quarterly basis so members can share information and have the opportunity to get input on specific asset building issues/topics. Anyone with interest can be a member.
Background Purpose: This is a networking group for those familiar with and who are promoting Developmental Assets in their work and/or communities by:
- Sharing information with each other
- What members are doing, what's new and/or current challenges
- Training events that are available
- Useful Resources
- Opportunities and strategizing how to utilize them
- Input to Members? proposed plans prior to formal planning process
- Obstacles and how to overcome
We do this partly as an effort to develop a common language regarding positive youth development that is centered on Search Institute's research. The Search Institute, a nonprofit independent research organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has identified what it calls the "40 developmental assets." The assets are experiences and qualities that have been shown to have a positive influence on the lives and choices of youth and communities. The asset building framework is an evidence-based approach to prevention that has become the single most widely-usd approach to positive youth development. When using asset building, communities look at what assets their youth have and don't have. Then, the community plans activities that help build the assets that are lacking while further strengthening the assets that are there. The ASAP Center helps communities with all stages of implementing asset building.