Helped communities define and act on their own vision of a healthy community. Twenty-eight communities across the state participated in this effort and their improvements ranged from creating a bus system, medical and dental clinics and community centers to establishing programs that provide for positive youth development, quality child care, senior wellness and more.
Assets for Colorado Youth was a statewide effort to promote the national Search Institute’s developmental assets—common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.
The initiative provided funding, training and tailored technical assistance services to 34 grantee after-school programs across the state, with an aim to develop and support after-school programming strategies that capitalize on the strengths of young people, families and communities. In each program, emphasis was placed on three main goals: positive youth development strategies, cultural competency development (for both staff and program activities) and partnerships designed to foster stronger adult and youth engagement, as well as support for the program. Learn more.