Want to know more about the youth development frameworks used in Healthy Communities that Care?Youth Development

40 Developmental Assets: Based on the research conducted by Search Institute there are 40 positive things that every child needs to lead healthy and successful lives.  These assets include personal traits as well as support, empowerment and bonding to community, school and family.  This framework encourages communities to come together and promote and foster assets in all youth.  The more assets a child has the less likely the are to become involved in antisocial behaviors such as teen pregnancy, school drop out, violence and substance abuse.  The average youth has 18 assets.  For more information on the 40 developmental Assets click here: http://www.search-institute.org/assets/

Risk and Protective Factor Model/ Communities that Care: This is a system that gives communities the tools to go through a step by step process to engage community leaders, form coalitions, conduct needs and resource assessments and to plan, implement and evaluate effective strategies to promote healthy behaviors in youth.  This model uses the public health or community-wide approach to prevention.  It utilizes risk and protective factors to involve the entire community in creating strategies that will build positive, healthy futures for their youth.

Strategic Prevention Framework:

The SPF uses a five-step planning process to guide communities in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable prevention activities.

The SPF process:

  • Promotes youth development
  • Reduces risk-taking behaviors
  • Builds assets and resilience
  • Prevents problem behaviors across the life span of the programs
  • The idea behind the SPF is to use findings from public health research along with evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity and sustainable prevention. This, in turn, promotes resilience and decreases risk factors in individuals, families, and communities.

SPF steps require communities to systematically:

  • Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data
  • Build their prevention capacity
  • Develop a strategic plan
  • Implement effective community prevention programs, policies, and practices
  • Evaluate their efforts for outcomes

America’s Promise: Encourages building relationships and collaborations that support providing five fundamental resources to youth; they are: caring adults, safe places, healthy start, effective education and opportunities to serve.  For more information click here: http://www.americaspromise.org/

ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development): Community building through encouraging the community to access the communities resources.  This is a community development model- not just a youth development model.  For more information click here: http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/abcd.html

Resiliency: Focuses on providing communities with tools to promote resiliency in all youth (the ability to bounce back and successfully adapt to adversity).  For more information click here: http://chks.wested.org/using_results/resilience

For more information on how to use any of these frameworks in your community contact Rachel Pena, HCTC Project Director at 585.748.5146 or r.pena17@yahoo.com