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"I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man." — Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

Our intentis to support a community of learning and youth activation that translates into in their community participation. This community becomes critical in building interpersonal skills that lead to productive and positive interactions with others. Interpersonal skills, when combined with increased knowledge and goal-setting behaviors, enhance the ability of teens to assess the impact their present behavior has on their current and future success. The end result is that young people transform themselves beyond what the traditional approach to learning typically offers, and they start applying practical knowledge and taking control of their own destiny. By developing leadership skills and sharing their experiences with other teens in the program, they create the foundation for becoming leaders in the community and for beginning a lifetime of active contribution. This is a critical component of bringing today's youth into society and the workforce as healthy, productive contributors.

The Rising Stars process instills these behaviors in teens, and uses methods to help prevent and reduce risky behaviors. The process is based on the Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets. (Please see the video to learn more about these assets.)

Why do some kids grow up with ease, while others struggle? Why do some kids get involved in dangerous activities while others spend their time contributing to society? Why do some “beat the odds” in difficult situations while others get trapped? Research by the nationally recognized Search Institute reveals that the difference between troubled youth and those leading healthy, productive lives is strongly affected by the presence of developmental assets.

We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to provide the youth with positive experiences and relationships, and to promote positive personal qualities, so that young people can grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Financial Literacy

The importance of financial acumen cannot be stressed enough in today’s turbulent times. We seek to support financial literacy by posting current learning activities to build on this much needed skill. Managing money is a key step toward educational goals, successful careers, and ultimately supporting personal and family well-being.

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is an excellent resource for learning how to become financially literate. NEFE is a nonprofit foundation that inspires empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. For more information, please visit www.nefe.org.

Contact us to learn more about how we can assist you in achieving the results you desire.

»»  In this video the Search Institute identifies the forty developmental assets, 20 of which come from external sources such as family, school, and adult relationship. And, there are 20 external assets that are the attitudes, values and competencies developed by each individual child. We invite you to view other videos on the YouTube site.