QUESTION 1 This week’s readings focus on the importance of the ‘culture shift’ that needs to take place in our communities in order to begin an asset building initiative. Using your critical thinking skills, respond to the following questions:
- What do the terms ‘strength message’ and ‘strength-oriented action’ mean?
- What evidence do you see of this concept played out in your local school or organizational setting?
- What about in your community?
- What do you see as the predominant role of adults in your community? Are they more focused on strength or risk and deficits? Do they provide relationships and programs, or just programs?
Include two or three specific actions that you consistently practice, or could immediately incorporate into your daily routine, to support a “strength-oriented action” culture. If you get stuck, you may want to refer to the “Ask Yourself These Questions First” on Tip Sheet #1 located in the required reading for the week.
QUESTION 2 As stated in the required resources for this week, the Search Institute has identified 40 Developmental Assets or “building blocks” of healthy development for young people. These have been broken down in to eight broad categories, and then identified as external or internal values.
First, using the US Census Bureau’s American Fact Finder (http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml), Pew Research Center (http://pewresearch.org/), and the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/) websites, write a short descriptive narrative that identifies the general demographic characteristics of your community based on the latest census. Include items such as average income, household size, and other interesting facts that help paint an accurate picture of your community and schools in relation to the 40 Developmental Assets.
Next, create a table that identifies the eight categories of human development, summarizes the importance of the asset to the development of all youth, and identify at least one existing organization or support model in your community where students can experience this asset. Post your narrative and table in your initial post.