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November 2, 2010 > Nominations invited for Asset Champions awards

Nominations invited for Asset Champions awards

By Meenu Gupta

Photo Courtesy of Elissa Miller

Project Cornerstone is accepting nominations for the 2011 Asset Champions Awards. All nominees and award recipients will be honored at the Asset Champions Awards Breakfast on March 24, 2011.

Positive relationships, experiences, skills and values are assets that the youth need to grow up as competent and caring adults. Project Cornerstone identifies 41 such developmental assets that lead to healthy development. "Asset champions are the individuals and organizations that make extraordinary efforts to build developmental assets and create positive connections with young people, and inspire others to do the same," said Development and Communications Director, Elissa Miller.

Awards will be given in the following categories: Positive Cultural Identity; Adult Role Model; Positive Peer Influence (both the nominator and nominee must be 24 years old or younger); Community Values Youth; Caring School Climate (Individual awards will be presented to elementary, middle, and high schools).

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.

The nomination period for the Asset Champions Awards closes on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. For more information and to retrieve nomination forms please visit

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