Community Partners, Events

Community Leader’s Breakfast

On Friday, December 1, over 30 community leaders from Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley and Salisbury came together at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury to show their support for youth in their communities.  As part of the continued launch of the Essex County Asset Builder Network, leaders were invited to learn about the positive youth development approach,the 40 Developmental Assets® and how they can build assets for youth.  The hope is that leaders, legislators, and policymakers can learn about the positive youth development approach and start using a shared language and approach to decision making that will build youth voice in the community.  “The grant aims to start a culture shift around prevention from youth having problems that adults need to fix, to adults seeing youth as resources,” explained Andrea Egmont, Director, Newburyport Youth Services.  “Having leaders who can set an example and lead the way for their communities is one of the ways we can start this shift.”

Some of the leaders who attended the breakfast include (from left to right) Tina Los, Regional Project Coordinator, Andrea Egmont, Director Newburyport Youth Services, Matt Bazenas, Newburyport Youth, Mayor Donna Holaday, Newburyport, Representative Leonard Mirra, Representative Brad Hill, Representative Jim Kelcourse

If you would like to see the presentation and learn more about positive youth development and how you can build assets, you can watch the video below.

Next steps include offering FREE trainings to individuals, and organizations who want to learn more about how they can adopt a positive youth development approach.  Trainings are customizable for audience, time and topic.  Potential topics include an overview of a positive youth development approach, how to identify assets currently being built, to design programs that build assets with intention, incorporate the asset model into your current work or how to create youth-adult partnerships.

If you are interested in setting up a training for your group or organization please contact Tina Los ( | 978-992-1671).

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