What are developmental assets?
Assets are 40 skills, relationships, opportunities, values and resources proven to help youth thrive. Research shows that youth with the most assets are least likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. When they have higher levels of assets, they are more likely to do well in school, be civically engaged, and value diversity.
The asset framework is backed by research from over three decades and all across North America. Many communities like Miramichi, NB and St. Albert, AB have advocated for the approach and witnessed success.
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About Us: The ABCS of Building Neighborhoods adhoc committee began meeting in April 2010 with 24 members from various organizations, clubs and agencies in Cape Breton Regional Municipality representing sectors such as health, education, law, community and youth services as well as three youth reps. Our group’s focus grew from the work of the Community Partnership on Drug Abuse (CPDA) which was formed in 2004 in response to growing prescription drug abuse in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The CPDA disbanded in 2010 but the ABCS asset committee is seen as a legacy of this group, as it was the Education and Prevention Working Group of the CPDA who began looking into the power of the asset development approach back in 2006.
In 2011, Town House was the host site for the “asset headquarters” project that brought together 20 people between the ages of 12 and 75 to creatively work together to address community needs and issues. In 2012, the ABCS committee joined forces with Town House due to their focus and value on grassroots community efforts and a shared vision for the future of our youth and community. The group, although smaller than in previous years continues to meet once monthly and acts as a ‘think tank’ to address community needs through presentations, awareness and tip sharing, research, and project design to build assets. Contact Town House at (902) 849-2449 to learn more!
Local research: In 2008, our group conducted an asset survey that had been used nationally and surveyed 1302 junior and senior high school age Cape Breton youth and found that on average, out of 40 assets, they possess 20.5. This shows there is room for improvement. Please review the findings from our community and youth surveys/consultations.