Asset Partner Network

Purpose

The Community Asset Partner Network provides an opportunity for communities, schools organizations and individuals through out Monroe County to come together and share information about asset building efforts and asset builder stories that are occurring within their communities. It also is a resource linkage to discuss technical assistance and training needs to build communities’ capacities to implement and sustain communities’ asset initiatives. The Asset Partner Network is a registered Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth (HC*HY) Initiative of The Search Institute.

Download The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets (29k PDF).

The Community Asset Partner Network began in 1999 to support school-community partnerships that were planning to develop asset-building initiatives in their communities. This is part of the larger community-wide effort that surveyed middle school students countywide through the Monroe County Health Department to determine the number of assets that youth in our community have. Many school districts decided to survey a larger population of their students so they could have more community specific data. Communities have used the asset data as a mobilizing tool to engage community residents in supporting youth and becoming more involved in youth-adult partnership opportunities. The Community Asset Partner Network currently is comprised of 18 local community initiatives and several youth service agencies/groups.

Type: Networking, technical assistance and coordinating consortium.

Focus: Asset building initiatives and positive youth development.

Target Populations:

  1. Children and Youth, birth through 20 years of age—increase the number of developmental assets.
  2. Community residents—increase the number of adults assisting young people to grow up healthy and increase assets.

Partners Involved: Anyone interested in supporting asset-building efforts within communities can join. There is a mix of schools, town representatives, interested community members, service organizations, faith community, and human service organizations that come to the network meetings.

Lead Agency: The Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau hosts and facilitates the monthly network meetings.

Background: The Community Asset Partner Network began in 1999 to support school-community partnerships that were planning to develop asset-building initiatives in their communities. This is part of the larger community-wide effort that surveyed middle school students countywide through the Monroe County Health Department to determine the number of assets that youth in our community have. Many school districts decided to survey a larger population of their students so they could have more community specific data. Communities have used the asset data as a mobilizing tool to engage community residents in supporting youth and becoming more involved in youth/adult partnership opportunities. The Community Asset Partner Network currently is comprised of 18 local community initiatives and several youth service agencies/groups.

Supporters/Funders: The Community Asset Partner Network and supporting asset activities is supported through a myriad of sources including Monroe County, the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau, Genesee Valley BOCES Student Support Services Center, Metro Council for Teen Potential, Monroe County Health Department and various local communities, municipalities and service organizations.

Meeting Dates:  The Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau hosts and facilitates the monthly network meetings.  If you need more information, please phone the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau at 585 753-6455.

The asset network meets the first Thursday of every month.

Family Celebration of Community Assets

The Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau sponsored the 13th annual Family Celebration of Community Assets at the Seneca Park Zoo on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Along with County Executive Maggie Brooks, DHS Commissioner Kelly Reed, RMCYB Director Bob Zinck, Legislators Mike Barker, Ciaran Hanna And Legislature President Jeff Adair, over 400 people gathered to honor those in our community who support positive youth development through the use of the 40 Developmental Assets. From June through September, Community Asset Coordinators submitted names of individuals and/or groups, to be recognized for their outstanding asset building efforts.

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