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February 18, 2009 > Promoting healthy development of youth

Promoting healthy development of youth

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Elissa Miller

Positive relationships, experiences, skills and values are assets that the youth need to grow up as competent and caring adults. Project Cornerstone identifies such 41 developmental assets that lead to a healthy development.

These assets are listed online at
Locally in Santa Clara County, Project Cornerstone provides the developmental asset approach to the youth. In Milpitas, the Youth Program Team (YPT) works together with families to promote the healthy development of youth in the community. Last year, the City of Milpitas Youth Program Team won the Project Cornerstone 2008 Asset Champion award for community values.

YPT has teen programs, recreation classes, volunteers, preschool, child care, summer camps and Rainbow Theatre. The YPT stamp in the Parks and Recreation Activity Guide shows the classes that are YPT approved. "Project Cornerstone serves Santa Clara County, and so is active in Milpitas. Through its Youth Program Team, the City of Milpitas has some really wonderful asset-building programs - they're incorporating the assets model into all aspects of their programming, and are really committed to making Milpitas an excellent place for young people," said Elissa Miller, Director, Development and Communications, Project Cornerstone.

There are many ways you can get involved with Project Cornerstone.

Volunteer to work with students directly with in-school programs, or help at the Project Cornerstone office or make a tax-deductible donation. Start at the grass roots level, build assets at home and in the community with your own children, neighbors, or kids you meet. Project Cornerstone is always looking for new organizational partners as well as new ways to spread their message throughout the community.

Call (408) 351-6482 or send an email to

Join the Project Cornerstone's Asset Champions Awards Breakfast on Thursday, March 19. This year's event celebrates Project Cornerstone's tenth anniversary of serving Santa Clara County through programs that strengthen families, neighborhoods, communities, and schools, and by ensuring that the needs of young people are addressed in public policy.

More than 800 civic leaders, parents, youth and school leaders will gather to recognize the contributions of organizations and individuals who have supported the healthy development of children and youth in Santa Clara County.

Register by Friday, February 27 at and click the link for the Asset Champions Breakfast.

"This event honors the individuals and organizations making exceptional efforts to support young people. This year, Calaveras Hills High School - the alternative high school in the Milpitas Unified School District, will be presented with the Caring School Climate award, honoring their efforts to ensure that their students feel valued, respected, and supported to thrive," said Miller.

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