Building Assets Together Team
Caring adults provide young people with a sense of belonging, acceptance,empowerment and connection, factors that are known to foster mental health and emotional well-being.

Young people need and deserve positive experiences and characteristics (assets). These assets both promote positive behaviors and attitudes which help protect young people from many different problem behaviors. The more assets young people have the more likely they are to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. One of the key factors youth need in developing assets is support. Every member of our community has the opportunity to give their support and positively influence our youth to build more assetsClick here to see our volunteer page

The Boys and Girls Club of Crownest Pass is committed to helping our youth reach their fullest potential using the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets framework.

Why the Search Institute's 40 developmental Asset asset Approach?

Too often, the focus of child / youth work is on solving or preventing recurring problems such as truancy, drug use, teen pregnancy, and violence. The asset approach concentrates on bringing out and building on the best in young people. It is based on the idea that people of all ages are more likely to be happy, healthy, and successful when they are nurtured and empowered through positive, supportive interactions and experiences. Leadership opportunities allow young people to try out new skills and competencies, have real power and influence, and have some control over what happens to them within their organizations and community. Young people’s leadership potential is also enhanced when they feel confident, respected, trusted, secure, and expected to contribute.

By implementing the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Philosophy into our programs,
Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass aims to:
  • Celebrate youth by focusing on their positives in order to help them succeed
  • Empower youth to take action and make a difference in their community
  • Increase leadership skills and youth involvement in positive, substance free activities
  • Give youth " things to do and places to go "
  • Build relationships between youth, adults, and the community
  • Increase access to resources by and for youth
  • Improve positive communications and portrayals of youth