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All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must Do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8518-9
448 pages
October 2006, Jossey-Bass
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The measure of a society's health is how well it takes care of the youngest generation. By this standard, we fail. But All Kids Are Our Kids offers an approach to unleash the extraordinary power of community when people unite around a widely shared vision of healthy child and adolescent development.



All Kids Are Our Kids introduces forty Developmental Assets--building blocks of healthy development that are essential for all youth, regardless of their background. The challenge for all segments of the community--families, neighbors, schools, congregations, employers, youth organizations, and more--is to share in the responsibility for taking action to ensure that all kids have what they need to grow up healthy, successful, and caring. This new edition includes new evidence, cites successful cases, and makes recommendations for energizing individuals, families, and community action.

Praise for All Kids Are Our Kids

"A practical, concrete blueprint for helping young people succeed because of supportive communities."
--Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO, National 4-H Council

"For two decades, Peter Benson has been America's most eloquent and persuasive voice for a new, positive approach to enhancing the lives of our nation's youth. If policy makers, practitioners, and researchers read only one book about how to act in support of our nation's youth, then this is it!"
--Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and director, Institute forApplied Research in Youth Development, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University

"Peter Benson continues to remind us of how far short of the mark we have fallen in meeting the needs of our youngest generation. But then he provides a gift: a unifying vision that we can all rally around: parents, neighbors, youth-serving organizations, and ultimately whole communities committed to the healthy development of all our kids."
--Judy Vredenburgh, president and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

"Benson's approach is the best formula we have for building communities to meet the developmental needs of young people. Anyone who is concerned about the future of our society should read this book."
--William Damon, professor of education, Stanford University, and director, Stanford Center on Adolescence
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List of Figures and Tables.

Preface.

ONE: Looking Through a New Lens.

PART ONE: BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN ALL KIDS.

TWO: Naming the Positive: The Concept of Developmental Assets.

THREE: Developmental Assets: The More, the Better—for All Kids.

FOUR: Directing Energy to Asset Building: Critical Culture Shifts.

PART TWO: WHAT WE ALL CAN DO.

FIVE: Creating Asset-Building Communities: Principles, Strategies, and Impact.

SIX: Energizing, Supporting, and Sustaining Community Change.

SEVEN: Mobilize Young People: Tapping Their Power to Build Assets Themselves.

EIGHT: Engage Adults: Unleashing the Power of Intergenerational Relationships.

NINE: Activate Sectors: Integrating Asset Building into Community Institutions.

TEN: Invigorate Programs: Creating Asset-Rich Experiences for Young People.

ELEVEN: Influence Civic Decisions: Seeking Common Ground on Behalf of All Kids.

POSTSCRIPT: Choosing a New Path.

APPENDICES.

A. Selected Scientific References for Search Institute’s Framework of Forty Developmental Assets.

B. Not Just for Teenagers: Developmental Assets from Birth to Age Eighteen, and Beyond C Selected Resources.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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Peter L. Benson, Ph.D., is president of Search Institute, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. He is widely recognized as one of the leading contributors to the field of child and adolescent development.
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  • Update of a landmark book contains new data, strategies, cases, and brand new introduction and postscript
  • Family-community connection message more timely than ever
  • Non-partisan message appeals to a wide audience -- from rural, faith-based organizations to inner-city communities
  • Strategies in the book are being used by Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and national YMCA
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In 2000, the federal government spent $21,122 per adult over age 65-and only $2,106 per child in the same year. Clearly, children do not form a vocal constituency, and their needs are going unmet. This second edition of a 1997 book updates the ways that communities big and small can promote healthy growth for their children and teens. We need to shift cultural norms, says Benson, president of the nonprofit Search Institute, so that all residents understand their responsibilities to the young. Put more simply and popularly, this is a reiteration of the African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child." The book targets community organizers and agencies, such as YMCAs, churches and synagogues, libraries, and block associations. Benson cites hundreds of examples where community groups have effected change, including a coffee company in Iowa and a Lutheran church teen group in Pennsylvania. These are not programs aimed solely at reducing drug use or crime but strengthening kids to deal with school, home life, and jobs. An excellent resource for communities.
—Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA (Library Journal, November 1, 2006)

"A practical, concrete blueprint for helping young people succeed because of supportive communities."
—Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO, National 4-H Council

"For two decades, Peter Benson has been America's most eloquent and persuasive voice for a new, positive approach to enhancing the lives of our nation's youth. If policy makers, practitioners, and researchers read only one book about how to act in support of our nation's youth, then this is it!"
—Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and director, Institute forApplied Research in Youth Development, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University

"Peter Benson continues to remind us of how far short of the mark we have fallen in meeting the needs of our youngest generation. But then he provides a gift: a unifying vision that we can all rally around: parents, neighbors, youth-serving organizations, and ultimately whole communities committed to the healthy development of all our kids."
—Judy Vredenburgh, president and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

"Benson's approach is the best formula we have for building communities to meet the developmental needs of young people. Anyone who is concerned about the future of our society should read this book."
—William Damon, professor of education, Stanford University, and director, Stanford Center on Adolescence

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The Search InstituteBackground, research, conferences, and links from this nonprofit innovator working to build "Developmental Assets" in children and youth.
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