Harnessing the Power of the Faith Community: Integrating Assets into Congregations and Faith-Based Organizations

Based on Search Institute’s interfaith research on the role of the faith community in the lives of youth, this workshop introduces the Developmental Assets Framework as a tool for strengthening youth programming, energizing work with families, harnessing the power of individuals, and building bridges to youth-serving efforts across the community.

Who should attend

  • Clergy
  • Religious youth workers
  • Denominational staff
  • Religious educators
  • Youth in leadership roles in congregations
  • Volunteers

Members of congregations and faith-based organizations of all faith traditions are welcome.

During this workshop, participants will

  • Explore the role that faith traditions play in promoting positive youth development
  • Develop an asset-based approach to nurture faith development in youth
  • Review strategies for strengthening programs serving youth and families in congregations and faith-based organizations
  • Consider practical approaches to energize and involve individual members of a congregation or faith-based organization in faith-based asset building

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