6.10.11 Developmental Asset Workshop


Eaton, Program Director
Downeast Children’s Council
a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605
207-667-5304, ext. 261          


May 24, 2011; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…….a pdf poster is available upon request.

“Get the Word Out ASSET Workshop”

The Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services, is pleased to announce an opportunity for community leaders and educators to participate in a FREE 3 hour Train-the-Trainer workshop on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets on Friday, June 10th, 2011, 9am-noon at Downeast Health Services, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth.  As space is limited to 12 participants, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261 to register. 

The Children’s Council is delighted to provide the opportunity for Mike Clifford, Vision Training Associates, to present a lively and interactive 3 hour workshop on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets.  These important building blocks have been shown to both increase thriving (health-enhancing) behaviors and reduce risky (health-compromising) behaviors among young people across our country.  The evidence is compelling – the more assets a young person has in their life, the better.  We believe that providing opportunities to experience the assets is the responsibility of everyone in Downeast Maine.  Further, we believe that uniting as a community around the language and intention of the assets will provide us the best chance of raising kids who do well in life, build healthy, respectful relationships and enjoy a healthier adulthood.

The framework of Developmental Assets suggests a vision of a community in which every individual, organization, and network recognizes and acts upon its role and responsibility for contributing to young people’s healthy development.  Rather than suggesting specific, community-wide actions or programs that are needed, the asset-building approach emphasizes the importance of a community uniting around a common vision. 

The Downeast Children’s Council collaborates annually to provide the “RealCare™ parenting program”, formerly known as “Baby Think it Over®”, to Hancock County students in 7th & 8th grades or area high school classes.  This program allows students to participate in a hands-on realistic parenting experience that replicates the 24 hour/day care required by infants throughout a weekend or week-long period of time.  This

project has been participating in a 5 year collaborative research project aimed at strengthening prevention capacity with the RAND Corporation, Search Institute and Vision Training Associates.  

Please call 667-5304 ext. 261, email children@downeasthealth.org or visit our website at www.downeasthealth.org for additional information on parenting classes, support groups and family resources available in Hancock & Washington Counties.  


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