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February 24, 2010 > Asset Champions awards promote healthy development of youth

Asset Champions awards promote healthy development of youth

By Meenu Gupta

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 healthy development.

Santa Clara County's Project Cornerstone provides a developmental asset approach to youth. Youth Program Team (YPT) in Milpitas works with families to promote healthy development of youth in the community. YPT supports teen programs, recreation classes, volunteers, preschool, child care, summer camps and Rainbow Theater. The YPT stamp in the Parks and Recreation Activity Guide indicates 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 Director, Development and Communications for Project Cornerstone, Elissa Miller.

There are many ways to be involved with Project Cornerstone. Volunteers can work directly with students, help at the Project Cornerstone office or make tax-deductible donations. Project Cornerstone is always looking for new organizational partners as well as new ways to spread their message throughout the community.

A Countywide awards breakfast is held in March to honor individuals and organizations making exceptional efforts to support young people. More than 800 local 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.

This year's event will be co-hosted by San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis. Kathryn Otoshi, author of the acclaimed children's book One, will be the keynote speaker. "This event honors the individuals and organizations making exceptional efforts to support young people," said Miller.

Register by Friday, March 5 at and click the link for the Asset Champions Breakfast. For more information on developmental assets or on how to participate call (408) 351-6482 or send an email to

Asset Champions Awards Breakfast
Thursday, March 25
7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom, The Fairmont
170 South Market Street, San Jose
(408) 351-6482

Registration deadline Friday, March 5
Adult: $45; Youth: $20

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