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April 21, 2010 > Asset Champions honored

Asset Champions honored

Submitted By Elissa Miller
Photos By courtesy of Angela Tsang

More than 700 people, including parents and youth, representing local governments, businesses, schools, community organizations and the faith-based community attended Project Cornerstone's annual Asset Champions Breakfast on Thursday, March 25 at the Fairmont San Josˇ. The event honored the individuals and organizations whose commitment to building positive relationships with young people is what makes Silicon Valley a better place for young people to live and grow.

The theme of the 2010 Asset Champions Breakfast was "Success by Design: Building a Community that Values Youth." Co-masters of ceremony were Jester Tadeo, a Calaveras Hills High School senior, and San Josˇ Police Chief Robert L. Davis. Kathryn Otoshi, author of the acclaimed children's book "One," delivered the keynote address. Entertainment was provided by Ryan Vasquez, a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory School, who sang "This is the Moment" from the musical Jekyll and Hyde and students from Trace Elementary School who performed the story of "One" as Otoshi read the book aloud. Bob Talbott, chairman of the YMCA Silicon Valley board of directors closed the program.

Chief Davis announced a county-wide survey of the developmental asset levels of 40,000 Santa Clara County youth that will be held during the 2010-11 academic year. The survey of "Thriving Indicators" will be funded through the efforts of US Representative Mike Honda, whose 15th Congressional district covers much of Silicon Valley.

"The survey will yield current, accurate data about how our young people experience support in the community. The findings will enable us to identify our successes, areas and issues that present challenges and opportunities for serving youth. The results will help everyone in Silicon Valley, including parents, schools, businesses, faith organizations and more, create a blueprint for action to meet the needs of youth in our diverse community."

Project Cornerstone recognized Congressman Mike Honda's life-long efforts to support young people with a special Asset Champion award. His commitment to young people has been a driving passion from his early career as a teacher, principal and school board member to his current position in Congress, where he regularly supports legislation influencing young people's lives.

Project Cornerstone
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Project Cornerstone Asset Champion Awards 2010

Special Award - Congressman Mike Honda
SPARK Award - Town of Los Gatos
"Caring High School Climate" Award - Leigh High School
"Caring Middle School Climate" Award - Fisher Middle School
"Caring Elementary School Climate" Award - Trace Elementary School
"Positive Peer Influence" Award - Almond Elementary School's Cornerstone Club
"Community Values Youth" Award - Bill Wilson Center
"Adult Role Model" Award - Fresh Lifelines for Youth Volunteer Mitesh Patel
"Positive Cultural Identity" Award - Robert Topf

About Project Cornerstone

Project Cornerstone is committed to helping every child feel valued, respected and known by building a community where all adults support children and youth so they find their spark and thrive. Project Cornerstone works within the YMCA of Silicon Valley and with over 200 community partners and schools to intentionally build in youth the positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills, known collectively as "developmental assets," that provide the foundation for a healthy, successful future.

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