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Empowerment | External Asset

Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected.


The Four Empowerment Assets:

  • Community values youth—Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.

  • Safety—Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.

  • Service to others—Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.

  • Youth as resources—Young people are given useful roles in the community.

Everyday Asset Building Tips:

  • Include young people as active participants in events

  • Encourage teenagers to take leadership roles in their community

  • Do simple acts of community service together

  • Give young people appropriate and important responsibilities within the family

  • Teach children and youth how to be safe wherever they go