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Using Asset Based Community Developmentto Build Youth Programs Beth B. Street, Extension Agent Chasity Rice, Program Assistant University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service Unicoi County
Objectives • To define community • To define asset based community development • To develop asset-based inventories • To identify ways of cataloging information • To explore community based curriculum
Background Information • Located in Northeast Tennessee • Population 17,713 (2000 U.S. Census) • Youth (<18 years) 20.5% • 1% Hispanic population • Median household income $29,863 Unicoi
Youth Attaining Knowledge (YAK) • NCP site Unicoi County • Youth education center • Computer lab • Character building • Peer groups • Substance abuse prevention • Abstinence education/teen pregnancy prevention
Common Terms • Community Neighborhood, town, city, county, regions, area, tribe, culture, ethnic or faith-based group of people as identified by its members
Common Terms • Assets The positive strengths, qualities, benefits, commodities and character
Common Terms • Skills The gift and individual has gained through experience, education and/or knowledge which is passed on to another individual(s)
Needs vs. Assets Source: Lionel J. (Bo.) Beaulieu Southern Rural Development Center Mississippi State University
Asset -based community development • The process of identifying and mobilizing communities’ unique local resources for creating positive change
Asset Inventory • The first step in identifying assets in a community • Collects data from individuals • Know what you are looking for before collecting data
Developing an Inventory • There are 4 major parts of an asset inventory: • Skills information • Community skills • Experience and enterprising • Personal information
Developing an Inventory • Remember to ask community members: • Skills that are learned at home or in the workplace • Skills they would like to teach others • Skills they do not have but would like to teach others
Example Asset InventoryUnicoi County • Part 1 • Skills you need or desire • Divide skills into areas that are easy to identify • Part 2 • List skills willing to teach to others • Part 3 • Personal contact information • Return information
Economic Associations Family Education Political Religious Locating Individuals
Locating Individuals • Create opportunities • Survey various neighborhoods and geographic locations
Assessing the Information • Organize for future use • Create a database • Maintain data
Challenges • Completion of asset inventory • Locating individuals • Maintaining database
Building Community • A process for youth and adults to chart assets and create change • Created by the Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development and National 4-H Council • http://www.theinnovationcenter.org
Planning for the Future • Youth Leadership Program • Youth & Adult Partnerships • Community Resource Guides • Community Service